from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Showing signs of advancement and ambitious development: an up-and-coming executive; an up-and-coming neighborhood.

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  • adj. emerging; aspiring; improving; beginning to attract attention or critical acclaim

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  • adj. working hard to promote an enterprise


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  • But then I started hearing about Traverse City, dubbed an "up-and-coming foodie spot," way up on the mitten on Lake Michigan.

    Anna Watson Carl: Eating Traverse City: Part I

  • Here they are, the up-and-coming team of Rytlock Brimstone, Caithe of the sylvari, and Logan Thackeray.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • It was redesignated the 165th and became part of the 42nd Division with an up-and-coming regular Army major named Douglas MacArthur as its chief of staff.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Not only was he back in New York to deliver his I.O.U. for losing to her yet again, but she had invited him along so he could meet up-and-coming tennis phenom and potential client, Tracy Clemons.


  • In the Conference Finals, the up-and-coming New York Knicks were supposed to walk all over their ancient rivals.

    One Season

  • Every year since 1979, Masada has opened his Hollywood club for Thanksgiving and Christmas, dishing up free dinners to the homeless and up-and-coming artists, as well as providing some much-needed comic relief.

    Mark C. Miller: Comedy Camp Boosts Kid Comedians' Self-Esteem

  • Specifically, the job went to a partnership of legal experience and religion, pairing an up-and-coming Mormon lawyer named Marcus Nash with Thomas Frey, a senior partner in the firm.

    The Sins of Brother Curtis

  • Gideon had been the up-and-coming freshman quarterback, and Tillman had been the journeyman fullback.

    Gideon’s war

  • Still, he may have liked what he saw in the young woman—beauty, intelligence, passion—all qualities appealing to an up-and-coming prince with hopes of producing a son worthy of his throne.

    Alexander the Great

  • Crist's main challenger in the Senate primary is Rubio, an up-and-coming Latino in Florida's political circles.

    Crist anointed - poli


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