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.


Nearby words

  1. bottom ice,
  2. bottom lady,
  3. bottom land,
  4. bottom line,
  5. bottom of the barrel,
  6. bottom out,
  7. bottom quark,
  8. bottom round,
  9. bottom time,
  10. bottom yeast

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