Definition of at the top (or bottom) of the heap in English:

at the top (or bottom) of the heap

phrase

  • (of a person) at the highest (or lowest) point of a society or organization.

    ‘she had come up the hard way from the very bottom of the heap’
    ‘those with grand hereditary titles remain at the top of the heap’
    • ‘The rest of the proposal simply mirrors Labour's policy of reducing taxes on those at the bottom of the heap - making the tax system more progressive, in other words.’
    • ‘Either way, in these days of six-stars hotels and bulging hotel prices, it's kind of nice to see that an old standby is at the top of the heap.’
    • ‘Well I'm sure many of you will have an opinion about whether rationality should remain at the top of the heap.’
    • ‘We are virtually at the bottom of the heap now in terms of health research funding per capita, and it's getting worse.’
    • ‘The reality of life in uniform in 1950, according to his film, was vastly different from the edict's intentions, with blacks still considered at the bottom of the heap of postwar military service.’
    • ‘The nutrients it drags up are the basis of a colossal food chain with the big pelagic predators (marlin, shark, tuna and swordfish) at the top of the heap.’
    • ‘I didn't really have any; I was at the bottom of the heap and what had happened in the past was the past.’
    • ‘Standing up and breathing was sufficient to put you at the top of the heap.’
    • ‘The door has been slammed in the face of these families who now feel utterly rejected and at the bottom of the heap.’
    • ‘The unregulated labour market will leave them at the bottom of the heap - victims of meritocracy, not because they possess no merit but because they are denied the opportunity to fulfil their true potential.’