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    English70 is offline Newbie
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    Hi,
    I need to know the meaning or a way to rewrite that sentence so i can better understand it.

    " Dont get me wrong-it isn't that my parents dont care about Jesse or
    whatever trouble he's gotten himself mixed up in. It's just that they dont
    really have time to care about it, because it's a problem somewhere lower
    on the totem pole."


    thanks

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    Default Re: lower on the totem pole

    Quote Originally Posted by English70 View Post
    Hi,
    I need to know the meaning or a way to rewrite that sentence so i can better understand it.

    " Dont get me wrong-it isn't that my parents dont care about Jesse or
    whatever trouble he's gotten himself mixed up in. It's just that they dont
    really have time to care about it, because it's a problem somewhere lower
    on the totem pole."

    thanks
    In this example it means that the parents have more important problems to deal with. You could say that it is a problem of lesser importance.

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