at the bottom of the heap


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at the bottom of the heap

In the worst or lowest position in a group. As far as our government is concerned, kids born into poverty are just at the bottom of the heap, perpetually ignored.
See also: bottom, heap, of

at the bottom/top of the ˈpile/ˈheap

(informal) in a low/high position in society: You’ve no idea what life at the bottom of the pile is like, have you? When do you ever talk to ordinary people?
See also: bottom, heap, of, pile, top
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Without such data - as was the situation before banding was introduced - there is a risk that schools at the top of the pile can rest on their laurels, while those at the bottom of the heap feel doomed to fail.
Imran, as well as fellow teenybopper heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, rated Sonam at the bottom of the heap when asked individually to rate the top divas of the hour -- Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika, Priyanka Chopra and Sonam -- on a variety of criteria.
Today they take on a South Hetton team devastated by their dramatic one-run defeat last weekend that dumped them at the bottom of the heap.
POST-NATAL depression is a very serious illness, yet mothers suffering from it seem to come right down at the bottom of the heap when it comes to getting the treatment they need.
I also believe he is wiser now to listen to advice from a man who started his own managerial life at the bottom of the heap with Swansea, took them to the top league and went on to coach Real Madrid.
In Trendetta, users are completely in control of the fads and fashions they choose to battle for -- today's hotlist topper may be at the bottom of the heap tomorrow.
Accepting the dubious doctrine that children should be"confirmed in their culture," however low it may be, teachers have given up trying to raise those at the bottom of the heap, with the result that we now have a society based on anti-social behaviour, vile language, drunkenness and sexual excess.
It's life at the bottom of the heap - a place where we all hope we'll never have to live.
Fay proved a rough diamond worth watching as she tried to cope with her life at the bottom of the heap and the return of her jailbird husband.
At the bottom of the heap with disastrous losses in 1999, construction company Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA) will even see a further decline in 2000.
The point is that those at the bottom of the heap have very little impact on the environment.
This technological process has continued in the same manner in every generation since, while persons at the bottom of the heap are displaced by computers and robots to enrich all those above them.
While his side languishes at the bottom of the heap, he is determined to get them to fourth place, and recruits an ageing star player to turn their fortunes around.
Usually they are the only ones who can find a solution for families who have found themselves at the bottom of the heap in an uncaring society.
The average wage in Poland is pounds 3,480 a year; some who subsist at the bottom of the heap, mainly scratching a living in agriculture, get by on pounds 100 a month.