Meaning: move up to bigger or better things. Usage examples.
Rewrite 1: play with the big kids
Rewrite 2: sit at the adult table
Rewrite 3: work with the pros2a
Rewrite 4: get a job with real payn2
Comment: This one can easily be tied to specific jobs or professions.
More reading about clichés
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• Nerd clichés, “a sad page from weirdity.com”