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Meaning of “top-heavy” in the English Dictionary

"top-heavy" in British English

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top-heavyadjective [after verb]

uk   /ˌtɒpˈhev.i/  us   /ˌtɑːp-/
(Definition of top-heavy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"top-heavy" in American English

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top-heavyadjective

 us   /ˈtɑpˌhev·i/
having more ​weight in the ​higherpart than in the ​lowerpart and so ​tending to ​falleasily: If you ​stand up in such a ​smallboat, you make it top-heavy, and it can ​turn over ​easily. fig. The ​organization was top-heavy with ​vicepresidents.
(Definition of top-heavy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"top-heavy" in Business English

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top-heavyadjective

(also top heavy) uk   us   disapproving HR, MANAGEMENT
used to describe an ​organization that has too many ​managers in relation to the ​number of ordinary ​workers: top-heavy ​management/​bureaucracy They have a top-heavy ​managementstructure.
(Definition of top-heavy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “top-heavy”
in Chinese (Simplified) 头重脚轻的, 上重下轻的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 頭重腳輕的, 上重下輕的…
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