Meaning of on top of in English:

on top of


  • 1On the highest point or uppermost surface of.

    ‘a town perched on top of a hill’
    • ‘It can be laid on top of most surfaces, and is available in a range of colours and decorative finishes.’
    • ‘Do not use a grill on top of or underneath any surface that will burn, such as a porch or carport.’
    • ‘They advise matches in the kitchen not to be left on top of kitchen surfaces, but to be kept in a cupboard and for parents to regularly check their child's bedroom for matches.’
    • ‘Normally, asphalt road surfaces are built on top of a bed of concrete, which is itself built atop a bed of gravel.’
    • ‘Everything else had to be balanced precariously on top of surfaces.’
    • ‘Finally on the way home we saw a shopping trolley perched on top of a stop sign.’
    • ‘The photographers perched on top of these trucks get great shots.’
    • ‘I was at the theatre recently, and at the interval I counted up to five women with sunglasses perched on top of their heads.’
    • ‘He spread his papers out on top of his briefcase, perched on his knees.’
    • ‘A young girl was perched on top of the mahogany wardrobe.’
    • ‘Controversial plans to set up a mobile phone mast on top of a church tower are expected to be approved by councillors tomorrow despite fierce opposition.’
    1. 1.1So as to cover; over.
      ‘his habit of wearing one V-neck jumper on top of another’
      • ‘I'm wearing Rebecca's cardigan again, and on top of that one of my red favorites.’
      • ‘I went to put a fleece on, on top of my sweatshirt, and thought that perhaps the weather had got chilly again despite having been sunny for most of the day.’
  • 2In command or control of.

    ‘he couldn't get on top of his work’
    • ‘Labour insists it has got on top of these problems.’
    • ‘It's a new challenge, and it's something you can never really get on top of.’
    • ‘Once I'd got on top of this job, the other priorities all seemed to slot into place.’
    • ‘Work's going well, I'm getting on top of things, selling adverts on my site and keeping up to date with the paperwork, etc.’
    • ‘Things get crazy at times and it becomes hard to stay on top of everything but I have a great team; they are very open and transparent.’
    • ‘You really have to be on top of everything, and you can't slack on anything.’
  • 3In addition to.

    ‘on top of everything else he's a brilliant linguist’
    • ‘Those additional wage costs are on top of higher prices for oil, steel, copper, plastics, etc.’
    • ‘He advised that this was an additional charge on top of the normal council rates.’
    • ‘And you may be charged an additional fee on top of the room rates.’
    • ‘It specifies a minimum level of coverage, such as medical and life cover, and offers employees optional additional benefits on top of this.’
    • ‘In other words, they lost the election because they were caught lying to the public about a very, very sensitive issue, on top of everything else.’
    • ‘I think the total cost will come to something like £20,000 because the whole bathroom and kitchen has to be replaced on top of everything else.’
    • ‘Now he has become an inventor on top of everything else.’
    • ‘Oh and my left wrist is really hurting so I'm probably developing RSI on top of everything else.’
    • ‘So, on top of everything else, there seems to be a case of political hypocrisy here.’
    • ‘It could vary from anything between £80 to £500 plus an annual fee on top of that.’
    • ‘On top of this benefit, recent evidence suggests that eating rye bread can lower cholesterol levels too.’
    as well, in addition, too, also, besides, into the bargain, to boot
  • 4In close proximity to.

    ‘we all lived on top of each other’
    • ‘Like most families, they wanted enough space so they wouldn't feel they were living on top of each other.’
    • ‘But invite anybody else to stay over, and you will be living on top of each other.’
    • ‘We city dwellers basically live on top of each other, so interactions sometimes get tense, especially when our kids may be threatened.’
    • ‘People here literally live and work on top of each other.’
    • ‘Since we all practically live on top of each other, I reached Glen's house in under five minutes.’
    • ‘It's inevitable when you're living on top of each other for long periods at a time.’
    • ‘When you live on top of a football ground, you constantly get football fans throwing chip wrappers and cans all over the place.’
    • ‘Well, I've never felt less connected to my neighbors than when I lived on top of them.’
    • ‘So how would you expect people to suddenly get on so well when they're living on top of each other when people in towns and villages can't get on particularly well.’
    • ‘In an increasingly overcrowded world, we have the wonderful luxury of being able to spread ourselves, of not living on top of one another.’