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I just watched a fantastic documentary on Netflix called “The Pursuit.” It looks at how free markets have raised billions out of poverty. If you have a chance, watch it. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.


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Phenomenal. Bought it. I’m looking for ways to share it. Many thanks!


'Lifted' Billions out of poverty.

"raise (someone or something) out of (some state)"

To elevate or improve someone's life out of a previously undesirable or difficult state, condition, or position. A noun or pronoun is used between "raise" and "out of."

The government is hoping the initiative will help raise thousands of people out of poverty.

The popularity of their latest product has raised the company out of an unprofitable position for the first time in two years.

More examples:


Both "raise" and "lift" someone "out of poverty" are fairly recent constructions--not much of either one before 1938. However, the "lift" version really took off around 1980. Why? Deng Xiaoping's visit to the US and the normalization of relations with China '79-'80. China likes to say (in their English publications) "lift" out of "poverty." The New York Times, etc, began using the phrase, thus, spreading its popularity.

Ngram (LIFT):


Ngram (RAISE):


On China "lifting" people out of poverty/popularity of the phrase:


Now, you know that both "raise" and "lift" are correct, and you also know who is influencing your ideas concerning usage.


@DavidQDauthier 🙂 I'm such a product of my times... When I read raised I thought it was the capitalists exploiting the poor; lifting (thanks China) meant the positive helping initiative. Great documentary.


Thanks for the recommend, I will have to share it with others now.

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