the top of the tree

the top of the tree

The highest position or level in an organization, field, etc. Don't think you're going to reach the top of the tree right out of college. It takes time to work your way up.
See also: of, top, tree

the top of the tree

the highest level of a profession or career.
See also: of, top, tree

(at) the top of the ˈtree/ˈladder

(at) the highest position in a career: Anyone can get to the top of the ladder if they try hard enough.
See also: ladder, of, top, tree
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THE Chipmunk explained that it had rained nuts through the top of the tree --"Besides, I found a few buried
AND so it went on for a fortnight; till a big wind blew off the top of the tree, and opened up the hole and let in the rain.
The golden star of tinsel was still on the top of the Tree, and glittered in the sunshine.
I will put that poor little boy on the top of the tree, and then I will knock down the wall, and my garden shall be the children's playground for ever and ever.
It happened one evening, when he was hot and tired with walking, and had sat down under a tree in a forest to eat his supper, that he saw two gaily-plumaged birds, that were strange to him, sitting at the top of the tree talking to one another about him.
The youth hesitated for a little, but presently he heard the birds saying from the top of the tree, 'Go where she calls you, but take care to give no blood, or you will sell your soul.
Go and climb to the top of the trees," he shouted in a shrill voice.
Benjamin doesn't listen, and tries to give flying a go but falls all the way down from the top of the tree to the forest floor.
Staying up for Santa, turning on the twinkling lights, putting the star on the top of the tree.
It seems to me another problem, typical of many public bodies, is that those at the top of the tree are more concerned about jostling to be top dog and protecting their big salaries, bonuses and pensions than serving the public.
After much debate, Bear takes his self-centred friend to the top of the tree to meet the woodpecker and to see the view.
The top of the tree is important too, so look for a straight leader (the long tall part of the tree, at the top) When first brought home, keep your tree fresh for longer by chopping off the bottom a few centimetres and soaking it in a bucket of water outside at least overnight, but for as long as possible before bringing indoors.
Pwllheli town councillor Jonathan Roberts said: "The town clerk is arranging to get the lights fixed, but unfortunately we can't superglue the top of the tree back on.
5 Use a hot glue gun to attach the number toppers to the drawer knobs, and the wooden star to the top of the tree.
Back in the 1980s when the two clubs were at the top of the tree, battling it out for the honours it was down to Howard so I think there will be a lot of respect.