the bottom of the ladder

the bottom of the ladder

The lowest, most basic position in a given group. Quarks are at the bottom of the ladder in the physical makeup of matter. Tech startups may start at the bottom of the ladder economically, but, given their business model, they have a very high potential for growth.
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bottom of the ladder

Lowest or most junior position in a hierarchy. For example, If we hire you, you'll have to begin at the bottom of the ladder. The rungs of a ladder have been likened to a step-wise progression since the 14th century. Also see low man on the totem pole.
See also: bottom, ladder, of
References in classic literature ?
But they will run against the bottom of the ladder.
Near the bottom of the ladder, when he found no more support for his feet, he clung with his hands; at length, arrived at the last step, he let himself hang by the strength of his wrists, and touched the ground.
The apprentice begins at the bottom of the ladder and masters the several grades one after the other.
Pudd'nhead was still toiling in obscurity at the bottom of the ladder, under the blight of that unlucky remark which he had let fall twenty-three years before about the dog.
At the bottom of the ladder, a door opened, and shut after us immediately with a bang.
It was my first descent into the forecastle, and I shall not soon forget my impression of it, caught as I stood on my feet at the bottom of the ladder.
The bottom of the ladder rested on a narrow ledge paved with what felt like large round stones, but what he knew from experience to be human skulls.
You have a hierarchy of values; pleasure is at the bottom of the ladder, and you speak with a little thrill of self-satisfaction, of duty, charity, and truthfulness.
When hanging your home holiday lights, have a spotter at the bottom of the ladder to hold your position and ensure you're level.
The last thing I saw was him falling under the sewage at the bottom of the ladder.
A judge commented: Paige as a young professional woman showed that it is possible to start on the bottom of the ladder.
To stop the ladder from slipping, with straps or ropes and clips or hooks, ensuring they're anchored to something immovable, or put something really heavy against the bottom of the ladder so it can't move.
Now I wonder how us people at the bottom of the ladder can manage if they can't.
And those at the bottom of the ladder find their dream of buying pushed even further from their grasp.