at the top of the pile

idiom

: in a high or very important position
With this promotion, he will be at the top of the pile.

Examples of at the top of the pile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So those two things are at the top of the pile for me. David Moore, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2023 Its senior loans are at the top of the pile to get repaid if a company runs into trouble. Michael Foster, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 But in Belgium, Germany, and the U.S. (the last of which provides the backdrop for this piece), beer stands at the top of the pile. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 5 Jan. 2023 One big takeaway is that Trump is at the top of the pile. Margaret M. Russell, The Conversation, 19 Dec. 2022 Seeds catalog sits at the top of the pile for serious growers and hobbyists alike, with a vast selection, foolproof advice and indispensable seed-starting supplies. Amy Merrick, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 And while plenty of employees are cashing in, CEOs are at the top of the pile. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 3 Feb. 2022 Brands can put their offerings at the top of the pile by emphasizing quality and durability in their messaging and packaging. Rebecca Brooks, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 The book that was at the top of the pile was Rumaan Alam’s Leave the World Behind. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 4 Dec. 2020 See More

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“At the top of the pile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20the%20top%20of%20the%20pile. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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