at the top of the heap


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at the top of the heap

In a position of total or complete superiority; in a place or position above all others one is or was competing with. To think that I started in the company mail room ten years ago; now, I'm at the top of the heap! The team managed to claw their way to the top of the heap, winning the championship with 5000-to-1 odds against them.
See also: heap, of, top

at the top (or bottom) of the heap

(of a person) at the highest (or lowest) point of a society or organization.
See also: heap, of, top

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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The United Nations recently redefined the term "city," which helped to put Tokyo at the top of the heap.
The commitment of Washington's 400-plus growers sends them to their peach trees five to seven times per season, part of a special "tree ripe, tree conditioned" program that puts their fruit at the top of the heap.
The Bulldogs, already on a six-game roll and at the top of the heap with a 9-3 record, still came out with the same zeal and devoured the winless Maroons.
Context is everything and as a result of their, supposedly, glorious days of Empire they stood at the top of the heap.
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However, from the standpoint of that mysterious principle of evolution that has seen life on Earth transformed step by step from a single-cell like an amoeba right up through members of the animal kingdom to man at the top of the heap, perhaps it does make a kind of sense.
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1 Italian in the Valley, Panzanella appears to be doing well enough to continue as its replacement at the top of the heap.
If so, Ford's "fill every niche" strategy might keep the F-150 at the top of the heap in the increasingly competitive full-size truck segment.
It's broadly the usual five at the top of the heap and the same five at the bottom.