Taken from the movie "Gattaca". The term is associated with a detested segment of society; one of those who refuses to play the hand that he was dealt. Most commonly known as a borrowed ladder, or a de-gene-erate.
We have a borrowed ladder who has infiltrated Gattaca and has been mascarading as one of it employees.
by T-DawG November 23, 2004
Album created by UK rapper & producer Asaviour in 2006 on lowlife records. The concept is closely linked to the Book & Film Gattica
Heads have been waiting for this tomb to drop for a hot minute and finally here it is. Asaviour's debut LP, The Borrowed Ladder which is set to destroy sets across the globe.
by Lengo April 08, 2010
Derived from the movie Gattaca. Someone who comes from a lower class or disadvantaged background and through perseverance and perhaps some deception becomes a member of a higher class or a more desirable section of society.
Everyone at the office thinks Alex grew up rich like us, but he's a borrowed ladder - grew up in a trailer park.
by wholesum1 June 03, 2013