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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 ass and the dog laid themselves down under a great tree, and the cat climbed up into the branches; while the cock, thinking that the higher he sat the safer he should be, flew up to the very top of the tree, and then, according to his custom, before he went to sleep, looked out on all sides of him to see that everything was well.
So then the Fir Tree told the whole fairy tale, for he could remember every single word of it; and the little Mice jumped for joy up to the very top of the Tree.
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.
Maintaining this position for a moment, the strange emotions depicted on his countenance soften down into one of humorous resignation to my will, and then looking wistfully up to the tufted top of the tree, he stands on tip-toe, straining his neck and elevating his arm, as though endeavouring to reach the fruit from the ground where he stands.
Go and climb to the top of the trees," he shouted in a shrill voice.
King Aitor gifts fans top of the tree for Christmas.
Some branches near the top of the tree may be newer and weaker than those further down so climbing up high might not be safe, and some children may begin to worry if they climb too high.
Climbing to the top of the tree, Mustafa didn't sit still and started to drink alcohol.
A bear tries to grab one of the fish directly above the bench, as an eagle soars near the top of the tree.
There are some limbs without leaves at the top of the tree, but they are not breaking.