put the bottom rail on top

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put the bottom rail on top

To restructure a hierarchy so that those who were previously on the bottom are now on the top, and vice versa. Sure, you can put the bottom rail on top, but how does that help? There's still a lack of equality—there's still the haves and have-nots.
See also: bottom, on, put, rail, top
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