the bottom of the heap

the bottom of the heap

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. Interns are the bottom of the heap in this company, but I guess you have to start somewhere.
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the bottom of the heap

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the bottom of the pile

Someone who is at the bottom of the heap or the bottom of the pile is the least important of all the members of a group. At the bottom of the heap are the rural poor. People are rated by a system. Those at the bottom of the pile could be invited to pre-lunch drinks. Note: Someone who is at the top of the heap or top of the pile is high in importance in a group. Top of the heap is Debenhams, which has been launching increasingly impressive `designer' collections since 1993. Then came those who could be invited to lunch, and at the very top of the pile were the ones who could be invited to dinner.
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bottom of the heap

verb
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After opening the season with a rousing four-set win over United VC, the Tornadoes struggled, losing their next six matches to finish the first round at the bottom of the heap.
Banks have done ok to start the earnings season, with Citi +4.5% and State Street +3% top gainers in the S&P, while Pg&E -46.8% and Newmont Mining -8.4% are at the bottom of the heap. The 2-year yield snapped back from early lows near 2.50% to clear 2.54%; the 5-year bounced from 2.482% to 2.53%; the 10-year jumped from 2.66% to 2.71%; and the 30-year yield reversed from 2.66% lows to 2.71%.
"He certainly was a man who made sure politics was a respectable profession and he understood its obligations to everyone, not just the powerful, not just the rich, not just the mighty, but to the people who were absolutely at the bottom of the heap as well."
It is a scandal that some of the most vulnerable people in society, mostly older or chronically ill folk who've contributed to society, are relegated to the bottom of the heap.
The survey ranked the Philippines 190th, with New Zealand and Singapore garnering the top two slots, respectively, and civil war-torn Somalia at the bottom of the heap.
At the bottom of the heap for bottles shipped per capita are Arkansas, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Indiana and Ohio.
In the 17 games since, Bolton have added 25 points to their total and are now sixth-bottom, while the Black Cats have managed only 16 and have replaced them at the bottom of the heap.
According to Oxfam's report women workers often find themselves off at the bottom of the heap. Across the world, women consistently earn less than men and are usually in the lowest paid and least secure forms of work.
And publicans are at the bottom of the heap at number 274.
But while life has changed beyond recognition for us, we should spare a thought for our new neighbours huddled together in their bedsits after a hard day at the bottom of the heap.
Ultimately, when the mystery shopping agency ranked the new call center experience again, this firm moved from the bottom of the heap to the second best in its industry.
Given the challenges facing Wales' schools and the UK's economy in 2013, those pupils missing out most on a good education today can expect to find themselves at the bottom of the heap tomorrow.
The cities that top the list are Vienna ( Austria), New York, Toronto, London, Stockholm, and the cities at the bottom of the heap are Bamako ( Mali), Antananarivo ( Madagascar), Conarky ( Guinea) and Monrovia ( Liberia).
According to news.com.au, playing a minnow like Ireland should be a bit of light practice, a little hit and giggle before the main event, but the past two years, have shown that players with the Baggy Green have been at the bottom of the heap in the quickest format of the game.
The scheme defeated aspiration and ambition, as if confirming a feeling among young people that they were at the bottom of the heap. The same dangers apply to the Youth Contract.