Definition of totem pole noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    totem pole

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  1. 1a tall wooden pole that has symbols and pictures (calledtotems) carved or painted on it, traditionally made by Native Americans
  2. 2 (informal) a range of different levels in an organization, etc. I didn't want to be low man on the totem pole for ever.
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