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English definition of “the low man on the totem pole”

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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.
Translations of “the low man on the totem pole”
in Chinese (Traditional) (組織中)地位低微的人, 基層, 底層…
in Chinese (Simplified) (组织中)地位低微的人, 基层, 底层…
(Definition of the low man on the totem pole from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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