the top of the tree

the top of the tree

  (British & Australian)
if someone is at the top of the tree, they are at the highest position in their job or in an organization Who would have guessed that she would get to the top of the tree before her clever and talented brother?
See also: of, top, tree
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THE Chipmunk explained that it had rained nuts through the top of the tree --"Besides, I found a few buried
AND so it went on for a fortnight; till a big wind blew off the top of the tree, and opened up the hole and let in the rain.
The golden star of tinsel was still on the top of the Tree, and glittered in the sunshine.
I will put that poor little boy on the top of the tree, and then I will knock down the wall, and my garden shall be the children's playground for ever and ever.
It happened one evening, when he was hot and tired with walking, and had sat down under a tree in a forest to eat his supper, that he saw two gaily-plumaged birds, that were strange to him, sitting at the top of the tree talking to one another about him.
The youth hesitated for a little, but presently he heard the birds saying from the top of the tree, 'Go where she calls you, but take care to give no blood, or you will sell your soul.
The poor men were now in great perplexity whether they should stand and keep their posture or fly; but after a very short debate with themselves, they considered that if the savages ranged the country thus before help came, they might perhaps find their retreat in the woods, and then all would be lost; so they resolved to stand them there, and if they were too many to deal with, then they would get up to the top of the tree, from whence they doubted not to defend themselves, fire excepted, as long as their ammunition lasted, though all the savages that were landed, which was near fifty, were to attack them.
And so a man climbs to the top of the tree, Mr Wegg, only to see that there's no look-out when he's up there
He has never done anything in his life to help himself, and, as a necessary consequence, Society is in a conspiracy to carry him to the top of the tree.
The old man's joints were stiff and he could not climb, so the sailors, by means of short ends of rope tied together, hoisted him up the trunk, a few feet at a time, till they could make him fast, at the top of the tree, fifty feet from the ground.
His Honor--a pretty title, but still, not at the top of the tree.
Copperfield, in applying himself to this subordinate branch of the law, place it out of his power to rise, ultimately, to the top of the tree.
Go and climb to the top of the trees," he shouted in a shrill voice.
And then, and then, they gave me nuts and pleasant things to eat, and they--they carried me in their arms up to the top of the trees and said I was their blood brother except that I had no tail, and should be their leader some day.
Pwllheli town councillor Jonathan Roberts said: "The town clerk is arranging to get the lights fixed, but unfortunately we can't superglue the top of the tree back on.