He gets a job working for IBM, the acme of corporate, conformist paternalism, the antithesis of bohemianism.
Bright kids from the right side of the tracks go head to head with poorer ones and second-generation ethnic youngsters for whom the spelling bee represents the acme of their parents' study-hard work ethic.
It is the acme of romanticism; I devoted most of a year's worth of high school study halls to it, along with all of the volumes of Dumas's Three Musketeers series, which I inherited from my grandmother.
Civil war, revolution, terrorism, and international war are widely condemned by many societies and glorified by others as the acme of patriotic fervor.
physics is the acme of scientific knowledge
The MBA is the acme of middle class parental ambition and student dreams, but as a post-graduate qualification it is a peculiar case.
With 4500 seats, it represented the acme of movie-going, with double seats for courting couples, uniformed doormen and waitresses in two restaurants dressed as Dresden shepherdesses.
He last worked with them on Born in the USA, an extraordinarily bombastic album that still represents the acme of 1980s stadium rock.
Within a few years, he established a reputation as a first class tailor, and at 17 he decided to leave for the United Kingdom in an audacious attempt to make a reputation on Saville Row, the international acme of sartorial elegance.
McNab says the game has come to represent the acme of upmarket aspiration for the elite decision-makers of business, sports, finance, politics and showbiz.