the top of the heap

the top of the heap

the highest rank within a group How does Stephen plan to keep the company at the top of the heap?
Usage notes: often used in the form at the top of the heap, as in the example
Opposite of: the bottom of the heap
See also: heap, of, top
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Toward the top of the heap I had to handle the coal a second time, tossing it up with a shovel.
May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In the increasingly competitive compact car segment, two names have been found at the top of the heap for what seems like decades: the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla.
Michelle Naranjo, editor-in-chief of Autobytel, said, 'For 2014, the Jeep Grand Cherokee embodies a readiness to head off into the hills as an affordable family hauler wrapped around class-leading interiors chockfull of the safety, technology and comfort features that set the Grand Cherokee at the top of the heap.
It was only beaten to the top spot by the Badeschiff bar in Berlin and, at the top of the heap, the Pelican Bar in Jamaica.
You can't walk away from it with a negative fashion or a negative reflection because, the other thing I said to him, 'Adam if you want to be the top of the heap, if you want to be one of the top players in the world like any corporation wants to be the top corporation in the world, you are going to get the knocks, you are not going to have everything all your way,"" he added.
An ambitious young man crawls his way to the top of the heap forsaking real love on the way.
In July, 2008, Royal Liver Building embarked on a lengthy (two and a half years) and costly (around pounds 20m) programme of works which would see all of the common areas of the building refurbished, in a bid to bring the building back to the top of the heap of office accommodation in the North West.
In July 2008, Royal Liver Building embarked on a lengthy (two and a half years) and costly (around pounds 20 million) programme of works which would see all of the common areas of the building refurbished, in a bid to bring the building back to the top of the heap of office accommodation in the North West.
For example, looking at 2010 High Impact Universities table would give Harvard some comfort, as there, it remains at the top of the heap, while Cambridge is rather unkindly placed at number 13.
Club captain Brett Hodgson, forward Keith Mason and Andy Raleigh, play-maker Luke Robinson and influential Jamahl Lolesi will all be hoping to be fit for the trip as the Giants bid to deny the Warriors the win they need to ensure they finish at the top of the heap this season.
Though far from hardcore, it's unlikely to return him to the top of the heap, despite a nod to grunge.
Having booked their place in the quarter-final of the Clarence Cup at the weekend, Downpatrick can now set about eating into that 12-game deficit they have to pull back from Newington at the top of the heap.
Pinot Noir remained at the top of the heap in almost all statistical categories, among at least 20 varieties grown in Oregon.
We are heading back to the golden days when the chief rewards for climbing to the top of the heap were rather good lunches and a week in late August on the company grouse moor.
Greed at the top of the heap shovelled misery on us bums at the bottom.