at the bottom/top of the heap

idiom

Definition of at the bottom/top of the heap

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.

Learn More about at the bottom/top of the heap

Statistics for at the bottom/top of the heap

Cite this Entry

“At the bottom/top of the heap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20the%20bottom%2Ftop%20of%20the%20heap. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

Comments on at the bottom/top of the heap

What made you want to look up at the bottom/top of the heap? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!