Low Man on the totem pole

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Low Man on the totem pole : Phrases


The lowest-ranking, least important person in a group or organization.


Have you ever heard of a
woman on the totem pole


Some Native American groups carve symbols, one on top of the other, into tall poles of wood. The symbols, called totems, are often human faces or figures, and the pole is called a totem pole. Although
lowest means least in phrases like lowest pay and lowest score, the lowest face on the totem pole is not the least important. The person who created this idiom must have thought so by mistake... few people realize the error when they use this popular saying.

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