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bottom of the totem pole

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Definition


The last of a social pecking order.

Context : Social Life
Category: Metaphor
Semantic: low, powerless, weak

Usage of “bottom of the totem pole”

  1. Most societies have class based divisions among their people that result in one group occupying the bottom of the totem pole.

Examples of idiom “bottom of the totem pole” from Twitter
  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'pcb733'
    pcb733:

    still getting used to this whole instructor thing. i'm used to worrying about standing people up cause i'm at the bottom of the totem pole.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'Minkxx'
    Minkxx:

    Even if they "got the country back" they'd still be fucked because they'd still be the morons at the bottom of the totem pole.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'CarensTweet'
    CarensTweet:

    Power to the little people at the bottom of the totem pole :)

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'heatherlavine'
    heatherlavine:

    Being on the bottom of the totem pole in the publishing world is a frustrating and sickly feeling

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'alexedelman'
    alexedelman:

    At the bottom of the totem pole, and feeling a little crushed by the weight.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'michellar'
    michellar:

    Feeling like I'm on the bottom of the totem pole, but I don't feel bad cause if it weren't for me the damn thing would fall over.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'coreyberes'
    coreyberes:

    "At the bottom of the totem pole" makes no sense because the bottom is actually the most revered position on a totem pole #ThingsIMadeUp

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'CmdrTenchi'
    CmdrTenchi:

    Very quickly, PMs are hitting the bottom of the totem pole, almost ready to surpass developers...

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'schwenkester'
    schwenkester:

    why do I always feel like I end up on the bottom of the totem pole of life? #fb