the low man on the totem pole

the low man on the totem pole

  (American)
someone who has the least important position in an organization He started as the low man on the totem pole and worked his way up to be manager.
See lay low, lie low
See also: low, man, on, pole, totem
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Smith was essentially a gofer on that project, the low man on the totem pole, performing odds and ends and making himself available to the director of photography whenever he could.
He is just the low man on the totem pole who takes orders and pulls the trigger, and he's never been allowed any dignity or expression for his heart.