at the bottom/top of the heap

idiom

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.

Examples of at the bottom/top of the heap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cohen emerged at the top of the heap with $371,139 raised in 2023. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 19 Jan. 2024 Even settling for seven national titles, Saban stands alone at the top of the heap. Paul Newberry, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 Again, grand cru, or great growth, is at the top of the heap in Burgundy, with premier cru, or first growth, in second—but still highly revered—position. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2024 As for Iger’s priorities, ESPN is at the top of the heap. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Nov. 2023 Regarding revenues generated through Highland Mint framed memorabilia sales, Stafford was No. 2 and Kupp was No. 3, with Brady at the top of the heap. Jay Paris, Forbes, 31 July 2022 When swing and big band was the music du jour, Glenn Miller and his orchestra were at the top of the heap. Annie Alleman, Chicago Tribune, 22 May 2022 Sorters like Shaher and Mulhaq are, almost literally and metaphorically, at the bottom of the heap, where eking out even a threadbare living requires constant vigilance. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2023 Our colleagues at Road & Track think the Purosangue may share its V-12 with the 819-hp 812 Competizione, which could put the Ferrari at the top of the heap. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 6 Sep. 2022

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