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at the bottom/top of the heap

Definition of at the bottom/top of the heap

  1. —used to describe a person's level of success, position in society, potential for advancement, etc. <Quite a few people applied for the job, but his past work experience put him at the top of the heap.> <People at the bottom of the financial heap will not be helped much by the new tax cuts.>



Word by Word Definitions

bottomplay
  1. :  the underside of something

    :  the posterior end of the trunk :  buttocks, rump

    :  the surface on which a body of water lies

  1. :  to furnish with a bottom

    :  to provide a foundation for

    :  to bring to the bottom

  1. :  of, relating to, or situated at the bottom

    :  frequenting the bottom

  1. :  the highest point, level, or part of something :  summit, crown

    :  the head of a plant

    :  the aboveground part of a plant having edible roots

  1. :  to remove or cut the top of

    :  to shorten or remove the top of (a plant) :  pinch

    :  to cover with a top or on the top :  provide, form, or serve as a top for

  1. :  of, relating to, or being at the top :  uppermost

    :  chief, leading

    :  of the highest quality, amount, or degree

  1. :  a commonly cylindrical or conoidal device that has a tapering point on which it is made to spin and that is used especially as a toy

heapplay
  1. :  a collection of things thrown one on another :  pile

    :  a great number or large quantity :  lot

  1. :  to throw or lay in a heap :  pile or collect in great quantity

    :  to form or round into a heap

    :  to form a heap on :  load heavily


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