top-heavy


top–heavy

adjective \ˈtäp-ˌhe-vē\

: likely to fall over because the top part is too large and heavy for the bottom part

: having too many people whose job is to manage workers and not enough ordinary workers

Full Definition of TOP-HEAVY

1
:  having the top part too heavy for the lower part
2
:  having too high a proportion of administrators <a top–heavy bureaucracy>
3
:  oversupplied with one element at the expense of others :  lacking balance <a novel top–heavy with description>

First Known Use of TOP-HEAVY

circa 1533

Rhymes with TOP-HEAVY

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