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.

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