Meaning of “top-heavy” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “top-heavy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"top-heavy" in American English

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us /ˈtɑpˌhev·i/

having more weight in the higher part than in the lower part and so tending to fall easily:

If you stand up in such a small boat, you make it top-heavy, and it can turn over easily.
fig. The organization was top-heavy with vice presidents.

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"top-heavy" in Business English

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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:

They have a top-heavy management structure.

(Definition of “top-heavy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)