at the top of the heap

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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