top-heavy
adjective Date: circa 1533 1. having the top part too heavy for the lower part 2. having too high a proportion of administrators <
a top-heavy bureaucracy
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3. oversupplied with one element at the expense of others ; lacking balance <
a novel top-heavy with description
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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