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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He added: "Students are at the bottom of the pile as most people are looking for someone who will take a full year's lease, which would mean students have to pay for the summer months as well.
The Boro tried in vain to get back into the match with Angus going close with a header, but the home side hung on to leave Nuneaton still battling at the bottom of the pile.
Switzerland come in last place overall, with research showing it came out at the bottom of the pile in terms of paternity leave, childcare fees and cost of living.
But you have to put it into perspective because teams like Celtic and Anderlecht are at the bottom of the pile in Europe.
Remember, it is the worker at the bottom of the pile who keeps our city and the economy going.
e intention to continue unabated with further cuts will hurt the people at the bottom of the pile and the claims made that they have been instrumental to some recovery is open to doubt.
I'M NOT surprised that Keep Wales Tidy has put Bridgend Borough Council at the bottom of the pile for street cleaning.
Just another attempt by the government to save a few million by piling pressure on those at the bottom of the pile and yet they refuse to take any responsibility for rising poverty and inequality.
According to the IMF, The Bahamas already had the highest level of non-performing loans in its banking system in 2010, and these climbed consistently each year between 2010 and 2013, keeping The Bahamas at the bottom of the pile among the comparison countries for credit quality.
And even attempts on goal that didn't hit the target saw Town at the bottom of the pile with 202 shots off target - Leeds United were next worst on 203.
And while everyone appreciates the need to cut the welfare bill and balance the books at a time of bank bailouts it seems that once again it is those at the bottom of the pile who are suffering the most.
Frying pans stack inside each other but isn't it a nuisance when you need the big one at the bottom of the pile?
A point each means Wolves remain in 19th place in the table with West Ham below them at the bottom of the pile.
M2-guy whirled around and cut loose 30 tracers, starting at the bottom of the pile and rising toward Dad!
Commercial Bank of Dubai was at the bottom of the pile after a fall of 4.69 per cent to dhs9.15, and was left propping up fellow struggler Dubai Refreshments.