low on the totem pole

low on the totem pole

least important He's the low man on the totem pole here. AIDS deaths are low on the totem pole compared with cancer and heart disease.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of totem pole (a wooden pole with images of people and animals cut or painted on it)
See also: low, on, pole, totem
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The trash) is low on the totem pole and gets shifted from agency to agency.
As a documentary producer you're low on the totem pole at Banff, and you have to work your way through a large crowd of producers and broadcasters.
Currently, management of your rehab program probably depends on people who are low on the totem pole.
In the media hype over the impending year 2000 (Y2K) bug, education has been low on the totem pole of national technological worries.
Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) is on our hot stocks list this afternoon, albeit low on the totem pole.
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