at the top of the food chain

at the top of the food chain

At or occupying the position of most importance or influence in a social, corporate, or political hierarchy. Some high school seniors revel in the fact that they are now at the top of the food chain, using their newfound and largely imaginary authority to boss around younger students.
See also: chain, food, of, top
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Wind farms act as a top "predator" in some ecosystems, harming birds at the top of the food chain and triggering a knock-on effect overlooked by green energy advocates, scientists said Monday.
Steps to ban chemicals known as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) were first made 40 years ago but they remain a deadly threat to the mammals at the top of the food chain.
Steps to ban chemicals, known as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), were first made 40 years ago, but they remain a deadly threat to the mammals at the top of the food chain.
Steps to ban chemicals - known as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) - were first made 40 years ago, but they remain a deadly threat to the mammals at the top of the food chain.
This has led to PCBs seeping into the oceans, where they present a particular risk to marine mammals at the top of the food chain like orcas.
SOME MAY FORGET WHO IS AT THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN. WE NEVER WILL.
"Humans are at the top of the food chain, so both microplastics and the contaminants can potentially reach us."
They sit comfortably at the top of the food chain in these parts - but here they are eating peanuts out of the hand of our guide while we watch safely from the comfort of a viewing platform.
If you're overfishing at the top of the food chain, and acidifying the ocean at the bottom, you're creating a squeeze that could conceivably collapse the whole system.
We are focusing our attention on those at the top of the food chain and those responsible for bringing it into the city and selling it on our streets.
Brown bears are at the top of the food chain in Alaska, so they can feast without worrying about predators.
For while there might be green shoots at the top of the food chain, the situation lower down isn't anything like as jolly.
The chemicals along with the tiny oil particles are more readily ingested by microorganisms and marine animals, and can eventually impact humans who are at the top of the food chain. And here is the real kicker - the chemicals and oil particles have an impact on the reproductive capabilities of animals and birds, leading to defects in their offspring.
"The JS500 is designed to be at the top of the food chain, and is able to meet the most demanding needs," he concluded.