bottom of the ladder

the bottom of the ladder

The lowest, most basic position in a given group. Quarks are at the bottom of the ladder in the physical makeup of matter. Tech startups may start at the bottom of the ladder economically, but, given their business model, they have a very high potential for growth.
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bottom of the ladder

Lowest or most junior position in a hierarchy. For example, If we hire you, you'll have to begin at the bottom of the ladder. The rungs of a ladder have been likened to a step-wise progression since the 14th century. Also see low man on the totem pole.
See also: bottom, ladder, of
References in classic literature ?
But they will run against the bottom of the ladder.
Near the bottom of the ladder, when he found no more support for his feet, he clung with his hands; at length, arrived at the last step, he let himself hang by the strength of his wrists, and touched the ground.
Pudd'nhead was still toiling in obscurity at the bottom of the ladder, under the blight of that unlucky remark which he had let fall twenty-three years before about the dog.
At the bottom of the ladder, a door opened, and shut after us immediately with a bang.
It was my first descent into the forecastle, and I shall not soon forget my impression of it, caught as I stood on my feet at the bottom of the ladder.
You have a hierarchy of values; pleasure is at the bottom of the ladder, and you speak with a little thrill of self-satisfaction, of duty, charity, and truthfulness.
But there I had to begin all over again, and at the very bottom of the ladder.
Get someone to stand at the bottom of the ladder to hold it steady, though if this is not possible make sure it has a firm footing.
PO2 Festus thus avoided slamming his 220-pound frame into the FSA at the bottom of the ladder but at the expense of having all that weight concentrated on his left ankle.
This could lead to more houses swallowing up countryside and fewer new homes in cities, with no guarantee that the needs of those at the bottom of the ladder are any more likely to be met than they are now.
For every four feet of ladder height, the bottom of the ladder should be one foot away from the wall or object it is leaning against.
When you're already on the bottom of the ladder, what do you slip into, slop?
Three years ago, Anchorage was near the bottom of the ladder at 153.
The economic boom is at last helping people at the bottom of the ladder.