at the bottom/top of the heap

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

bottom play
  1. : the underside of something

  2. : a surface (such as the seat of a chair) designed to support something resting on it

  3. : buttocks, rump

  1. : to furnish (something, such as a chair) with a bottom

  2. : to provide a foundation for

  3. : to bring to the bottom

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

  2. : frequenting the lowest part or place : frequenting the bottom

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

  2. : a garment worn on the upper body

  3. : the head of a plant

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

  2. : chief, leading

  3. : of the highest quality, amount, or degree

  1. : to be or become higher than : overtop

  2. : to be superior to : excel, surpass

  3. : to gain ascendancy over : dominate

  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

  1. : place : locality

  2. : topology

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

  2. : a great number or large quantity : lot

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

  2. : to form or round into a heap

  3. : to form a heap on : load heavily


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