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we say she tops the class every year meaning she has the greatest performance in her class per annum. Now how can we say someone has the weakest performance in a class?

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There are several ways we can say someone was at the bottom of the class.

NOAD defines bottom as:

the lowest position in a competition or ranking

so that word can be used. The word you've used – weakest – can also be used, especially in conjunction with performer or performance.

Of all the students in my class last year, Bob was the weakest performer.

If you want a more humorous way to say it, you could say something like:

Bob was on the far left of my bell curve last year.

but expressions like that might be considered insensitive or unprofessional, and therefore should be used with caution.

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    +1 How about "Bob achieved the class' largest negative deviation from the mean"? – StoneyB on hiatus Jun 14 '14 at 12:31

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