Definition of “the low man on the totem pole” - English Dictionary

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“the low man on the totem pole” in British English

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the low man on the totem pole

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someone who has the least important position in an organization:

He started as the low man on the totem pole and worked his way up to be manager.

(Definition of “the low man on the totem pole” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)