Main definitions of top in English

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Pronunciation /täp/ /tɑp/

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  • 1usually in singular The highest or uppermost point, part, or surface of something.

    ‘Eileen stood at the top of the stairs’
    • ‘fill the cup almost to the top’
    • ‘I feel a few gentle taps on the top of my head, and look up to see a man looking down at me.’
    • ‘The redhead was more composed, sitting cross-legged in a way that only just allowed the kilt to cover the tops of her thighs, hands in her lap to prevent me getting a better view.’
    • ‘He tugged his hat down, covering the tops of his ears and his eyebrows.’
    • ‘Only a few healthy leaves will remain at the top of the plant until it eventually dies.’
    • ‘His eyes shot up to the tops of the trees and widened.’
    • ‘He had been shot in the top of the right thigh and the bullet was still in his leg.’
    • ‘Grill the bread on both sides and spread the top thickly with mustard.’
    • ‘Fill the moulds to just under the top, and bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until puffed up and springy to the touch.’
    • ‘Leave the stock in a fridge or cool place, ideally overnight, so the stock turns to jelly and the fat sets hard on the top.’
    • ‘Cut a cross in the top of each fig and press its shoulders with your fingers and thumbs so that it opens out like a flower.’
    • ‘No one spoke for a while until they reached the top of a hill.’
    • ‘By the time I reached the top of the hill the object had disappeared.’
    • ‘He kissed the top of her head and put his other arm around her.’
    • ‘He kissed the top of my head and ran his hand over my hair.’
    • ‘Although, it's getting noticeably warmer, the mountain tops are still covered in snow.’
    • ‘She made it to the top of the stairs and turned into a corridor and tapped on his door.’
    • ‘One day he carried my little trike to the top of the stairs and told me it would be great fun if I rode it to the bottom.’
    • ‘It was Ellen, standing at the top of the stairs with her arms crossed in front of her.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Sabrina was nearing the top of the stairs.’
    • ‘The two policemen positioned themselves at the top of an escalator, drew their batons and shouted at the fans to get back.’
    summit, peak, pinnacle, crest, crown, brow, brink, ridge, head, highest part, highest point, mountaintop, tip, apex, vertex, acme, apogee
    upper part, upper surface, upper layer
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    1. 1.1usually topsThe leaves, stems, and shoots of a plant, especially those of a vegetable grown for its root.
      ‘some growers snip off the carrot's green tops in the field’
      • ‘Be sure to pinch back the flowering tops of basil plants to keep them from going to seed too early in the season.’
      • ‘Marijuana or marihuana is a drug obtained from the flowering tops, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant (cannabis sativa).’
      • ‘When the tops of the carrots grow thicker, thin them to about two to three inches apart.’
      • ‘Roots are harvested in the fall when the tops have gone to seed and the plants have experienced a couple of hard frosts.’
      • ‘To frill the ends, cut off the roots and all but about three inches of the green tops.’
      • ‘Clematis prefer a neutral to slightly alkaline soil, so add lime if your soil is on the acidic side. Keep the roots shaded and the tops in sun.’
      • ‘The tops were planted where the sailors landed and by the late 1500s, pineapple was widespread in the tropics.’
      • ‘It is made from the leaves and flowering tops of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, which contains psychoactive substances called cannabinoids.’
      • ‘To prepare radishes for serving, wash them to remove any lingering dirt, and pinch or slice off the tops and any hairy roots.’
      • ‘All of the above aquatic plants grow with roots submerged and tops floating on the water, but some aquatics actually float, roots and all, like little boats.’
      • ‘Cut back perennials to within 8 to 10 inches of the ground after the tops die back or leave them uncut for protection against the cold.’
      • ‘The light should always be kept two to three inches from the tops of the seedlings and they should be exposed for approximately 15 or more hours a day.’
      • ‘Add mulch to control soil temperatures and insulate roots in winter; the tops may freeze.’
      • ‘Remove the tops of the beets and set aside to use in another dish.’
      • ‘Harvest the bulbs when the tops fall over, and dry them off in the sun or a shed for at least a week before removing the tops.’
      leaves, shoots, stem, stalk
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  • 2A lid, cover, or cap.

    ‘the pen dries out if you leave the top off’
    • ‘Beer bottle tops will do nicely, if you can't bring yourself to use your Royal College cuff links or the earrings you bought on your most recent trip to Monte Carlo.’
    • ‘Stopper corks with plastic tops are used for some wines, particularly fortified wines and some sweet wines, a single bottle of which may be consumed over an extended period.’
    • ‘He opened his own can with a hiss of escaping gas as Crystal removed the top of her water bottle.’
    • ‘He visited a number of sites in Kearsley, including the subway around Kearsley roundabout, and left small corks and bottle tops lying on the ground.’
    • ‘For his finale, Mark used lightning speed to remove the bottle tops.’
    • ‘Please ensure that all tops and labels are removed and that containers are washed out.’
    • ‘Put the top back on and let the kids open it up to see what is inside.’
    • ‘Put the top back on, and turn on the kettle.’
    • ‘This is the ‘fizz’ that you hear when you take the top off the bottle.’
    lid, cap, cover, stopper, cork, bung, plug
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    1. 2.1A platform at the head of a ship's mast, especially (in a sailing ship) a platform around the head of each of the lower masts, serving to extend the topmast shrouds.
      • ‘Above is another fifty feet of climbing, as the shrouds (ropes) which are attached to the top narrow down to the point where there is no longer room for your foot unless you turn it sideways.’
  • 3the topThe highest or most important rank, level, or position.

    ‘her talent will take her right to the top’
    • ‘the people at the top must be competent’
    • ‘This triumph leaves them in a comfortable position at the top of the table.’
    • ‘It's a school in an area of boarded-up houses and it doesn't rank at the top of national league tables.’
    • ‘The prospect of mass tourism ranks at the top of her list of nightmares.’
    • ‘Robert is a talented golfer and will likely figure at the top of the ranks next season.’
    • ‘The aura surrounding consultants was not simply a function of their position at the top of the hierarchy.’
    • ‘With a six point lead at the top of the table, however, they won't be complaining.’
    • ‘So for how much longer can Australia maintain its position at the top of world cricket?’
    • ‘Easingwold appeared to be heading for a victory at home to Thirsk, which would have cemented their lead at the top of the division.’
    • ‘Leaders York head to Barnsley, who are having a moderate season, with a chance of increasing their lead at the top.’
    • ‘Drax picked up a couple of bowling points at Westow before the rains came and they now enjoy a healthy lead at the top of Division Two.’
    • ‘Level at the top of their group with Ajax and Valencia, there will be huge pressure on them in Amsterdam.’
    • ‘The additional five points from this result means that Hawks extend their lead at the top of the BT Premiership.’
    • ‘He is recently married, his golf has never been better and he is back where he belongs, at the top of the rankings.’
    • ‘Copmanthorpe defeated their closest rivals North Duffield to retain their lead at the top of Division Three.’
    • ‘He's ranked 13, but for six consecutive years he was untouchable at the top of the rankings.’
    • ‘It is tight at the top with fourth-placed Standish just three points behind the leaders.’
    • ‘Brechin stretched their lead at the top of the division with the narrowest of victories over a gallant Elgin City.’
    • ‘In roominess and driving position, it is right up at the top of the class.’
    • ‘One of the main reasons is the rapid ascent of Vietnam from the bottom to the top of the world coffee production league in the last decade.’
    • ‘There is a lack of that burning desire to rise to the top and occupy the CEO's chair.’
    • ‘Youngsters' needs in a deprived seaside resort are being put to the top of the agenda.’
    • ‘Excessive workload is seen as being one of the key factors behind the teacher shortage and has risen to the top of the education agenda.’
    • ‘It has given us our position at the very top of the pecking order and we have been taking advantage of it ever since.’
    high point, height, peak, pinnacle, zenith, acme, culmination, climax, crowning point, prime, meridian
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    1. 3.1The utmost degree or the highest level.
      ‘she shouted at the top of her voice’
      • ‘The Officer shouted at the top of his voice: ‘One.Two.Three.’’
      • ‘I surf every day and need to be at the top of my fitness to face the challenge of big waves.’
      highest level, utmost extent
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    2. 3.2topsinformal A person or thing regarded as particularly good.
      • ‘Davison is tops in its market’
      • ‘Results from Vodafone's mobile phone recycling scheme show that Sligo and Cork are tops when it comes to mobile phone recycling.’
      • ‘Cork Harlequins are rated tops in the country for they have a sweet balance of skill and power in their team.’
    3. 3.3British The highest gear of a motor vehicle.
      ‘long gradients can be surmounted in top’
      • ‘You're already in top, on the highway doing 70, and the engine sounds as if it needs another gear, so you try to change up but you're already in top!’
      • ‘Be brave and you'll be able to come to a stop in top, dipping the clutch just before stopping.’
    4. 3.4The high-frequency component of reproduced sound.
      • ‘It shows you how to use the bass, mid and top when mixing.’
  • 4A garment covering the upper part of the body and worn with a skirt, pants, or shorts.

    ‘he was wearing a hooded top’
    • ‘she bought a couple of new tops’
    • ‘They were both wearing short skirts and halter tops.’
    • ‘Every body shape imaginable was squeezed into super short skirts and super tight tops with plunging necklines.’
    • ‘Jersey makes a big comeback this season in tops, skirts and trousers.’
    • ‘What stood out here were the beautifully cut swimsuits and the form-fitting tops and skirts.’
    • ‘There were a few sets of tiny shorts, but mostly the wardrobe consisted of short skirts, skimpy tops and a few dresses.’
    • ‘The two teenagers are described as being slight, about 5ft 9ins and wearing light hooded tops with dark trousers and trainers.’
    • ‘I'd put on a pair of tracksuit trousers and a hooded top, but my hair was still bundled up in a towel.’
    • ‘She wears short skirts and tight tops, has a tattoo, likes to ride a motorbike and call herself by a Swedish name, Sara.’
    • ‘Then there were normal T-shirts and miniskirts and shorts and jeans and tops and strapless things, and a lot of jewellery.’
    • ‘All three men were wearing white jogging trousers and hooded tops.’
    • ‘You can split up the suit and wear the jacket and skirt separately with other tops and bottoms to stretch your wardrobe.’
    • ‘Candy-coloured stripes will be appearing on tops, shirts, skirts and trousers in time for the warmer weather, offering a fun twist for casual wear this summer.’
    • ‘Dark gray and black leather sneakers are ideal since they'll match most combinations of trousers and tops.’
    • ‘They were all wearing hooded tracksuit tops and aged between seven and 13.’
    • ‘I became the reluctant owner of another pair of trousers, a new top, and a couple of T-shirts.’
    • ‘For dresses, blouses, tops, vests, jackets and coats choose the pattern size by the bust or upper-bust measurement.’
    • ‘Wear insect repellent on your skin and clothes and cover your skin as much as possible by wearing trousers and tops with long sleeves.’
    • ‘For fall, there will be jeans, tops, sweaters and cords.’
    • ‘It's a new line of dresses, skirts, and tops that can be worn in many different ways.’
    • ‘They taught us to match our eye shadow to our tops.’
    • ‘Police are keen to speak to, or receive information on, a man in a red-hooded top who was standing near to the incident.’
    • ‘Maggie had just finished tying her pink bikini top when the knocking began at her door.’
  • 5British The end of something that is furthest from the speaker or a point of reference.

    ‘the bus shelter at the top of the road’
    • ‘I looked up towards the top of the road and saw a silver Mercedes haring down.’
    • ‘Even worse, because it is a wide pavement they will use this and drive straight up to the top of the road irrespective of pedestrians.’
    • ‘Apparently someone out there beyond the top of Morningside Road wants to demutualise the whole thing.’
    • ‘We walked up to the top of our road and eventually turned the corner onto the next street.’
    • ‘He drove to the top of Savannah Road, where he came upon a van and jeep.’
  • 6

    short for topspin

    ‘For some players that can manage a fast swing speed, put top on the ball, and have it land in, they may not be overhitting.’
    • ‘Flat returns were a little harder for me with all the power, but if I put a little extra ‘top’ on the ball it felt fine.’
  • 7usually topsA bundle of long wool fibers prepared for spinning.

    ‘She started off with wool tops in sliver form.’
    • ‘Dyed merino tops are perfect for hand spinning and felting projects.’
    • ‘Wensleydale top is the ultimate in luxurious spinning fibres.’
  • 8informal A man who takes the active role in anal intercourse with another man.

  • 9Baseball
    The first half of an inning.

    ‘the top of the eighth’
    • ‘Aisling Walsh again hit a home run in the top of the fourth inning bringing the final four runs home.’
    • ‘Jim Edmonds of the Cardinals led off the top of the ninth inning with a high fly down the left field line.’
    • ‘The Scots started off the first game with two runs in the top of the first inning.’
    • ‘In the top of the eighth, he gave up his first hit, a home run by lead-off batter Jim Lefebvre.’
    • ‘In any event, the Dodgers cleanup hitter Johnson is retired to end the top of the first.’


  • 1Highest in position, rank, or degree.

    ‘the top button of his shirt’
    • ‘a top executive’
    • ‘the car has a top speed of 125 mph’
    • ‘improving quality became the top priority’
    highest, topmost, uppermost, upmost, upper, furthest up, loftiest
    foremost, leading, top-tier, principal, pre-eminent, greatest, finest, worthiest, highest, elite, A-list
    chief, principal, main, leading, highest, high, high-ranking, ruling, commanding
    prime, excellent, superb, superior, choice, select, elite, quality, top-quality, top-grade, first-rate, first-class, top-class, high-grade, grade A, best, finest, premier, choicest, superlative, unsurpassed, unexcelled, unparalleled, peerless, second to none
    maximum, maximal, greatest, topmost, utmost
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    1. 1.1British Furthest away from the speaker or a point of reference.
      • ‘the top end of Fulham Road’
  • 2Physics
    Denoting a flavor (variety) of unstable quark having an electric charge of +2/3. Top quarks have similar properties to up quarks and charm quarks, but are distinguished from them by having a larger mass.

    • ‘Physicists had known that the top must exist since 1977, when its partner, the bottom, was discovered. But the top proved exasperatingly hard to find.’

transitive verbtops, topping, topped

[with object]
  • 1Exceed (an amount, level, or number); be more than.

    ‘losses are expected to top $100 million this year’
    • ‘Quarterly figures, published yesterday, show that for the first time, discrimination claims on race grounds topped the number of gender discrimination claims.’
    • ‘In the third quarter, the number of unemployed topped the record level of 1991.’
    • ‘With the way the economy is going now, we hope to top those numbers but that remains to be seen.’
    • ‘Western European production rose rapidly, and by 1950 it had topped the prewar level by 25 percent.’
    • ‘According to market research the European smartcard market is forecast to top one billion by 2004.’
    • ‘Their findings, announced in several cities worldwide, highlight the planet's problems as the population tops six billion.’
    • ‘And technology imports as a whole have inched up over the past three months, topping the year-ago level.’
    • ‘SMS messaging is the fastest-growing means of communication globally - with monthly volumes topping a billion.’
    • ‘Global sales have now topped the two million mark and annual sales exceed 250,000 units, of which 40,000 are in Europe.’
    • ‘That amount topped the total of all venture investments in Missouri for 1999, also a record year.’
    • ‘On the New York Stock Exchange, advancers topped decliners as 573 million shares changed hands.’
    • ‘Still, even if reforms grind to a halt, the likelihood of unemployment topping its record level of 5.5% is growing.’
    • ‘But that figure is expected to have been topped.’
    • ‘The chancellor launched the 14-member commission last spring, after Germany's unemployment figure once again topped the four million mark.’
    • ‘The result topped Smith Barney Citigroup Research's forecast of US $240 million.’
    • ‘This will be the third such tournament promoted by Dixon, who has quit the circuit to concentrate on promoting and the previous years have attracted crowds topping 2,000.’
    • ‘At some points, the pursuit reached speeds topping 90 miles an hour.’
    exceed, surpass, go beyond, transcend, better, best, beat, defeat, excel, outstrip, outdo, outshine, eclipse, surmount, improve on, go one better than, cap, trump, trounce
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    1. 1.1Be at the highest place or rank in (a list, poll, chart, or league)
      ‘her debut album topped the charts for five weeks’
      • ‘Recent mainstream media polls show issues such as health and rural matters topping the list of public concerns about the performance of the government.’
      • ‘Quitting smoking tops the wish list for New Year resolutions and Swindon Primary Care Trust is working hard to help people turn their smoke-free dreams into a reality.’
      • ‘He was elected an alderman of Limerick City Council in the 1999 local elections when he topped the poll with over 900 votes in Ward 3.’
      • ‘Mortgage repayments continue to top the list of financial worries for a third of the population.’
      • ‘He topped the list in a recent opinion poll in which respondents were asked who was the least trusted political figure in the country.’
      • ‘The musician and businessman famed for his fundraising efforts topped a list of personalities in a poll commissioned to mark the coming Year of the Volunteer.’
      • ‘Dogs that bark for lengthy periods topped the list, followed by people who play their music or television too loud, particularly at night.’
      • ‘As students heading off to university, education tops their list of concerns, but they agree many election issues don't appeal to people their age.’
      • ‘It tops the list of the most beautiful and most dangerous places to live.’
      • ‘He topped the recent list of Holyrood politicians for taxi bills, with a claim amounting to more than £11,000.’
      • ‘As an independent candidate she topped the poll in the 1999 local elections.’
      • ‘According to the newly formed coalition, topping the list of issues that we need to focus on is the protection of marriage.’
      • ‘At the last European elections, he topped the poll, getting more than 130,000 votes.’
      • ‘Right now, America's jobs crisis tops the list.’
      • ‘Seafood tops the list in the must-be-eaten category.’
      • ‘The Rock of Cashel tops the list of the most popular historical landmarks in the country with more than 100,000 visitors annually.’
      • ‘A new Daily Echo survey, which canvassed opinion across a wide cross-section of residents, reveals housing tops the list of local wishes by a mile.’
      • ‘Among those with more than 7000 test runs, he tops the averages along with Wally Hammond.’
      • ‘The veteran spinner topped the bowling averages with 47 wickets.’
      • ‘Germany would still have won the championship trophy with 234 points and topped the medal count with a comfortable 22.’
      • ‘Cliff Berry was the leading jockey with 80 wins and Donnie Von Hemel topped the trainers' leader board with 40 victories.’
      • ‘Company chief executives topped the table in both years, reflecting their undiminished earning power under New Labour.’
      • ‘The company topped the smoked cheese class at Nantwich, the largest cheese show in the UK, with extra mature cheese smoked by the Kirkwall firm of William Jolly.’
      lead, head, be first in, be at the top of
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    2. 1.2Be taller than.
      ‘he topped her by several inches’
      • ‘Cyril was a tall man, easily topping Johen's height by a head or more, and he had passed that height on to his son Martin.’
    3. 1.3Surpass (a person or previous achievement or action); outdo.
      ‘he was baffled as to how he could top his past work’
      • ‘There are some examples of child actors who manage to stay in movies as adults, sometimes even topping their early achievements.’
      • ‘Jim of Automotive News narrowly topped Anthony Rowley of the Singapore Business Times in a close race.’
      • ‘The question of how Rafa Benitez can ever top this achievement can be left for another day.’
      • ‘He is by far the most sublime player in the world today, despite his semi-final loss in the Australian Open, but topping Pete Sampras's silver collection is a long way off.’
      • ‘And in consumer goods, the Chinese have topped Americans in purchases of refrigerators, televisions and cell phones.’
      • ‘Dale Hodges topped his colleagues by squirrelling away $54,721 for a future campaign.’
      • ‘The landlord, Mick, is always coming up with wacky ideas so we thought we would top him for a change.’
      • ‘There's no worse place on earth for quicksand and nobody can top my men for sand rescue.’
      • ‘That was the manner in which Emma Duggleby topped her own ladies' course record during Jean Mackenzie's lady captain's day at Malton and Norton.’
      • ‘And yet it's also just a part of a pleasurable little scene between two performers intent on topping one another with their jokes and gags.’
      • ‘Lisa could only manage a total of 216 kilograms, a lift that topped her silver medal performance at Athens last year.’
      • ‘I never wish to hear it sung again, as that performance can never be topped.’
      • ‘In this case it's difficult to see how he can top today's performance.’
      • ‘And now, again in election mode, he has topped even this performance.’
      • ‘British officials are no doubt wondering how they can possibly top the spectacle of Beijing when London hosts the Summer Games in 2012.’
      • ‘Nothing will top the show I saw in Santiago!’
      • ‘The vegetables topped even that, bursting with flavour, having been chargrilled and marinated in olive oil.’
    4. 1.4Appear as the chief performer or attraction at.
      ‘Hopper topped a great night of boxing’
      • ‘While Ignatov topped the show, perhaps Airjazz stole it.’
      • ‘Sting, who is to receive an honour for his outstanding contribution to music, will top the show, which is to be presented by a male-female double-act for the first time since 1990.’
      • ‘Veteran rockers Queen, along with Razorlight and Simple Minds, will top the entertainment line-up.’
      • ‘A breathtaking laser show with golden, yellow, green, and blue beams in various formations and a burst of fireworks topped the show as four acrobats glided down to the pitch from the top of the stadium carrying the banners of the eight teams that will clash in the inaugural twenty20 league.’
  • 2usually be toppedProvide with a top or topping.

    ‘baked potatoes topped with melted cheese’
    • ‘Tomorrow, that brick wall might be topped with razor wire, and those privacy screens might all be made illegal in the name of National Security.’
    • ‘Some changes are small: in some schools, pizza is now topped with low-fat cheese and French fries are baked, not fried.’
    • ‘Down the driveway, high electronic gates protect the building and the pale grey walls are topped with rolled razor wire.’
    • ‘The houses were large, and could just about be seen behind tall featureless walls topped by broken glass.’
    • ‘The custard is topped with a layer of sugar (usually brown), which is then caramelized under a grill.’
    • ‘Each burger is topped with cheese before serving - just be sure to shred the cheese finely.’
    • ‘There will also be a new dry-stone parapet wall topped with a metal handrail in the form of a twisted rope, an echo of the days when barges were pulled along by ropes and horses.’
    • ‘The simplest way of growing plants under glass is to use a cold frame, a modest construction of low walls topped with a wooden frame and glazed with glass or polythene.’
    • ‘Those hoping to visit it are stopped by a granite wall topped with barbed wire.’
    • ‘Compost mixes topped with a layer of mulch can help to retain moisture, as can water-retaining crystals laced through the mix.’
    • ‘Add the sprouts in a single layer and top with the rest of the sauce and grated cheese.’
    • ‘Add the berries, and some of their juices, and top with a final layer of bread, cutting to fit.’
    • ‘A church in Isleworth may soon be powered by the sun's rays with the opening of a new community hall topped by a space-age roof, it was revealed this week.’
    • ‘An original Louis XVI commode is topped by the fine white Carrara marble which was so popular in this period.’
    • ‘In the kitchen area, pale wood fittings are topped with unusual white tiled worktops.’
    • ‘On the side streets are two-story houses faced in white stone and topped by red tile roofs.’
    • ‘Use the remaining fruit to top salads and sorbets or to whip up blended ice drinks.’
    • ‘These are topped with black polished granite worktops, with additional preparation and storage space provided by a central island unit.’
    • ‘The kitchen is stylishly fitted with Shaker cherrywood units topped by a black granite worktop.’
    • ‘I was surprised to find, in the northwest, a land of rolling green hills carpeted with flowers, olive groves and distant hills topped by a solitary farmhouse ringed with poplar trees.’
    • ‘Overshadowing the square was a tall hill topped by a crumbling castle.’
    • ‘Here hills are topped with copses and rough-hewn fields roll towards the horizon.’
    cover, cap, crown, coat, overspread, finish, garnish
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    1. 2.1Complete (an outfit) with an upper garment, hat, or item of jewelry.
      ‘a white dress topped by a dark cardigan’
      • ‘His snowy white shirt was topped by a burgundy waistcoat which, amazingly enough, matched her gown almost perfectly, and he wore a black cravat around his neck.’
      • ‘Elegantly styled trousers are topped by a sporty leather jacket.’
      • ‘Croatian men wear white shirts topped with a colored vest or jacket.’
      • ‘Khaki green dominates the trouser line, topped by classic military shirts with contrasting pockets.’
      • ‘He's holding a bundle of smouldering incense and chanting, dressed in a baggy white shirt and trousers, topped with a gold cap.’
      • ‘In contrast to Zara, Sophie chose a multi-coloured outfit in orange, lime green, pink and turquoise, complete with fringes, and topped by a cream hat.’
      • ‘Loose silky trousers whispered against her legs, topped by a sleeveless tunic of the same material - all in a virulent yellow.’
    2. 2.2Remove the top of (a vegetable or fruit) in preparation for cooking.
      ‘I use the sharp edge of an old butcher's knife for topping and the back of the blade for cleaning the roots’
      • ‘I had my first jobs when I was in kindergarten picking apples, topping onions and catching cabbage butterflies.’
      • ‘Wash and top the radishes.’
      • ‘Wash and top the strawberries, then blend until smooth.’
  • 3Reach the top of (a hill or other stretch of rising ground)

    ‘they topped a rise and began a slow descent’
    • ‘We topped a hill, and another, until we were on a steep north-facing slope that dropped off to the Yellowstone River.’
    • ‘I was still winning as we topped the hill and headed down.’
    • ‘We were doing about 45 miles per hour when we topped that hill and saw a 2-ton truck 30 feet in front of us.’
    • ‘When they topped a hill, she got her first look at the palace.’
    • ‘Nicole's breath caught in her throat when she topped the last hill.’
    • ‘The big truck topped the final hill before the turn-off to Michael's place.’
    • ‘She topped the hill and stopped a moment, looking around at the surrounding plain.’
    • ‘Then she remembered, just as the cop car topped the hill, she was in the wrong lane.’
    • ‘At about nine o'clock, the first vehicle topped a ridge, hit a patch of soft sand and stuck fast.’
    • ‘He topped the grassy knoll and stared out at New York City's lights.’
    • ‘We topped the ridge at last and ambled down the slope to Timberline Lake.’
    • ‘As he topped a small ridge, he saw a small village spread out before him.’
    • ‘I was in the highest gear, pedalling as fast as my legs could unwind, when I topped a small knoll.’
    • ‘When I've topped the rise I've been climbing, I have a long view to the south, a straight, long road ahead of me to the next ridge three miles distant.’
    • ‘As we topped the rise we saw where the lightning had struck.’
    • ‘When he topped the rise, he swerved to avoid the tree and collided with the stone wall behind.’
    • ‘He topped a rise and looked back, shading his eyes.’
    • ‘He topped the new rise and raced down the rolling hillside in the heat of the late autumn's sun.’
    • ‘We topped the last rise and started to coast down the gentle slope on the far side.’
    • ‘An hour later, topping another ridge, we came out into a vast, open stretch of ground.’
    reach the top of, crest, climb, scale, ascend, mount, conquer
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  • 4Golf
    Mishit (the ball or a stroke) by hitting above the center of the ball.

    ‘he topped his drive on the fifth hole’
    • ‘sliced and topped shots’
    • ‘But when I play even a friendly match with someone else, I end up topping the ball and slicing terribly.’
    • ‘The first thing I noted about Chris was his tendency to top the ball.’
    • ‘If you're topping or slicing the ball, the problem could be your knees.’
    • ‘I topped the drive, and the ball hopped frantically down the fairway, at least in play.’
    • ‘If he tops a shot in the fairway, he takes two or three angry swings into the turf.’
    • ‘It seems that Bob could not get his ball off the ground as he kept topping his shots.’
    • ‘Once you eliminate the topped shots from your game, you will reduce your score giving you more confidence, which will take you game to the next level.’


  • topsAt the most.

    • ‘he makes $28,000 a year, tops’
    • ‘These are simple enough to prepare in 25 minutes tops, giving busy cooks a welcome break from the kitchen.’
    • ‘I slept for maybe three hours tops.’


    at the top of one's lungs
    • As loudly as possible.

      ‘She began to scream loudly, crying out at the top of her lungs.’
      • ‘Take a mental escape by turning up the radio and singing at the top of your lungs.’
      • ‘You might as well stand on your desk in the newsroom and announce your burglary at the top of your lungs.’
      • ‘For the girls' final screen test, Zhang filmed them as they stood in a crowded street screaming whatever came to mind at the top of their lungs.’
      • ‘There's nothing like 600 Baptists standing up singing at the top of their lungs.’
      • ‘And we all have the right to hate the president, challenge his ideology or scream at the top of our lungs that his policies are unfair.’
      • ‘And I just started screaming at the top of my lungs, ‘Everybody out of the building, out of the building.’’
      • ‘All I want to do is yell at the top of my lungs and throttle people.’
      • ‘He made a beeline for James, swearing at the top of his lungs, his face a color purple that made me genuinely fear for James's life.’
      • ‘The evening ended with him gesticulating and yelling at me at the top of his lungs.’
      • ‘Yes but you didn't have to scream it at the top of your lungs!’
    top dollar
    • A very high price.

      • ‘I pay top dollar for my materials’
      • ‘Local businesses who didn't want to pay top dollar for design firms would hold ‘logo design contests’ for my dad's students.’
      • ‘It's powerful corporations that pay top dollar for receptive ears in Washington.’
      • ‘If you really want to ski this winter and you don't want to pay top dollar, look for those quiet times.’
      • ‘But it isn't certain they would pay him top dollar.’
      • ‘But be prepared to pay top dollar to be in the number 1 position.’
      • ‘A major stumbling block remains how the council can justify to the taxpayers paying top dollar for its new offices.’
      • ‘Was the poor publisher supposed to pay top dollar for a team of world-class typesetters and proofreaders and then sell the thing for next to nothing?’
      • ‘More companies are turning to accountants for advice on making their strategic moves, and are willing to pay top dollar to attract them.’
      • ‘And this was a brilliant businesswoman paying top dollar for advice.’
      • ‘Rich foreigners come from around the world and pay top dollar to locate in Manhattan, not because they have to, but because they want to.’
      • ‘But O'Brien believes that companies will gladly pay top dollar for same-day delivery.’
    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.
        ‘trays stacked one 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.’
      2. 1.2In 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.’
    • 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.’
    from top to toe
    • Completely; all over.

      ‘she seemed to glow from top to toe’
      • ‘In fact, feet are just one of the problem areas we'll be looking at in detail, providing help and advice with a health and beauty regime that will work for you, from top to toe.’
      • ‘You leave feeling as if every part of your body has been pampered - you're invigorated from top to toe.’
      • ‘So, kitted out from top to toe in newly acquired and neatly pressed blue linen, I listened to her praise western civilization and the red-brick building that housed its published works.’
      • ‘Three days later, Thorn was bruised from top to toe.’
      • ‘Having chosen your oil, you are laid out over a series of hot stones, massaged from top to toe, and back again.’
      • ‘Michael's gaze seemed desperate as he stood trembling from top to toe.’
      • ‘We were absolutely filthy and covered from top to toe with red dust.’
      • ‘The Russian doctors really put me through the mill, examining me from top to toe.’
      • ‘This involved sitting in a heated seawater bath while jets massaged her body from top to toe.’
      • ‘Dressed in black from top to toe, he felt his age in the end, though, and literally ran out of puff.’
    at the top of one's game
    • Performing as well as one can.

      • ‘this film is the work of a director at the top of his game’
      • ‘On the acting front, we have three top actors working at the top of their game.’
      • ‘Barnes has created a collection of acute observations which shows him to be at the top of his game.’
      • ‘All in all a very satisfying live recording of a band at the top of their game.’
      • ‘Coming into the second season, everyone is really at the top of their game.’
      • ‘Murder By Death is a prime example of Simon at the top of his game.’
      • ‘Each work represents its composer at the top of his game.’
      • ‘You both were at the top of your game.’
      • ‘He's still at the top of his game.’
      • ‘Now aged 57, Sir Alan is still at the top of his game with a global empire worth £ 700m.’
      • ‘Strive to be at the top of your game, despite the hurdles.’
    on top of the world
    • Happy and elated.

      • ‘he was interested in her and she felt on top of the world’
      • ‘For a short time, he felt on top of the world.’
      • ‘He said he was on top of the world after clinching the World Superbike Championship days after the birth of his first child.’
      • ‘Not that I want to lie and pretend I'm on top of the world, but if I could just wait a little longer perhaps I'll find something positive to write.’
      • ‘We entered the gym in fear and trepidation and left feeling tired but on top of the world.’
      • ‘But once upon a time, she was on top of the world, until her addictions seemed to get the better of her.’
      • ‘I felt on top of the world because I felt that I had achieved what I wanted to.’
      • ‘A Newry girl is on top of the world after being selected for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.’
      • ‘When the day in question finally arrived, I was dressed in a business suit and felt on top of the world.’
      • ‘If your child gets through in the test, of course you feel on top of the world.’
      • ‘Maybe it was because of the setting, but I really felt on top of the world.’
      • ‘Any time you win a tournament at that age, you feel on top of the world.’
    from top to bottom
    • Completely; thoroughly.

      ‘we searched the place from top to bottom’
      • ‘She cooks the family meal, cleans the house from top to bottom and completes her homework the day she receives it.’
      • ‘The police cordoned off the area, declared a curfew, and searched the place from top to bottom.’
      • ‘He now says he wants to review the Department from top to bottom and propose a complete overhaul.’
      • ‘Cronyism is rampant from top to bottom in British public life.’
      • ‘When visitors were expected, she aired the beds and cleaned the house from top to bottom, and she wrote lists.’
      • ‘It needs an overhaul from top to bottom and it won't be a quick fix.’
      • ‘The Government boldly decided to reform the system from top to bottom.’
      • ‘According to some of the conspiracy theorists, the whole sport will soon be exposed as corrupt from top to bottom.’
      • ‘The report says that the fire service needs to be changed from top to bottom and every aspect of its work needs to be reformed.’
      • ‘One worker said that staff have been cleaning the department from top to bottom.’
      • ‘If I do end up getting it, before I move in I'm hiring people to go in and scrub the place top to bottom.’
    from the top
    • From the beginning.

      • ‘they rehearsed Act One from the top’
      • ‘Would you like to start again from the top?’
      • ‘The audience was right with us from the top.’
      • ‘Let's take it again from the top.’
    to top it all
    • As a culminating, typically unpleasant, event or action in a series.

      ‘her father had a fatal heart attack and to top it all her mother disowned her’
      • ‘This year has been a difficult year for my family and me, but to top it all, now I am in quarantine for SARS - I cannot believe it!’
      • ‘And, to top it all, the indifference shown by the government is appalling.’
      • ‘And to top it all, a moratorium on debt repayments will only postpone the inevitable into the future.’
      • ‘And, to top it all, the box says there is a telephone helpline - however, it fails to actually give a number.’
      • ‘And to top it all, you get this terrible sneezing fit that puts you in an even bigger predicament.’
      • ‘And, to top it all, they refuse to pay the fine when caught committing an offence.’
      • ‘Most are very funny, but some are quite scary - and, to top it all, one night he told us he can't even swim.’
      • ‘It is one of the most colorful hula shows in town and, to top it all, it is free!’
      • ‘A weak story, tepid characters, a confusion of plots and, to top it all, some terrible editing make this one of the worst reads of the month.’
    on top
    • 1On the highest point or uppermost surface.

      ‘a hill with a flat rock on top’
      • ‘At one stage the girls jumped back into the water and actually dragged the boat for 50 yards to rocks with me on top.’
      • ‘There are fewer and fewer trees up here, none on top, nothing but rock, and that makes it more attractive to lightning.’
      • ‘In the middle there was a tall and slender rock with something black on top.’
      • ‘The hill is fairly flat on top; in fact a Lancaster bomber once famously landed here during the Second World War.’
      • ‘The bank is splendid, open, flat on top and with ace views from each slope.’
      • ‘The small hall will have a flat roof with plants on top to add colour and vitality to the view of the building from the road.’
      • ‘I sighed and lay flat on my stomach on top or my bed.’
      • ‘Towards the back was a mahogany desk with a flat panel computer on top.’
      • ‘Cover the pastry discs with baking parchment and place another flat heavy baking sheet on top.’
      • ‘Sprinkle the chopped rosemary over the surface of the caramel, then slice the bananas on top.’
      1. 1.1On the upper part of the head.
        ‘my hair's thinning on top’
        • ‘The man has short dark hair which is thinning on top and wore a dark jacket which is possibly imitation leather.’
        • ‘He was a tall man, with light brown hair that was thinning on top.’
        • ‘Female-pattern baldness usually becomes noticeable after the menopause; the hair on top tends to thin first.’
        • ‘Men who may be thinning on top should definitely wear a hat; after all not many of us (men or women) suncream our heads.’
        • ‘Shane was a serious sort of young man with close-set eyes and a curly pageboy cut that was already thinning on top.’
        • ‘What's more, it's not just presidents, but presidential candidates who seem to retain a bit of thatch on top.’
        • ‘He is 6ft 2in tall, of average build and has dark blond to ginger-coloured hair, worn long on top and brushed back.’
        • ‘She had short, mid-brown hair, spiky on top, and was wearing a smart black skirt suit and carrying a black soft zip-top briefcase.’
        • ‘He has dark hair which is short on top but with long sideburns.’
        • ‘He was unshaven and had short brown hair, gelled on top, brown eyes and wore a black jacket.’
    • 2In a leading or the dominant position.

      ‘his party came out on top in last month's elections’
      • ‘He can't decide where he stands on the war because he's not really sure which position will put him on top.’
      • ‘White men still come out on top, with London dominating the awards.’
      • ‘But even if that had happened, the polls suggest that it is unlikely that the anti-war position would have come out on top.’
      • ‘However, as one would expect from a team with ambitions of promotion, Athy were on top in all aspects of play and dominated Stillorgan throughout.’
      • ‘This was the wake-up call for the Castledermot side and they began to dominate with Brendan Kelly and Brian Byrne coming out on top in mid-field.’
      • ‘It was another low scoring game with defences on both sides dominating but it was Longford who got on top in the second quarter.’
      • ‘The next 20 minutes saw Athy begin to dominate the scrums but Ross were well on top in the line-out.’
      • ‘The Barrowsiders began to get on top with Willie Power and Keith Hession dominating midfield.’
      • ‘The results have made little impact on the top of the table with Peter Flynn still on top with 55 pts closely followed by Paul Walsh on 51.’
      • ‘It is the time to make concessions when you are on top, and we are on top.’

Phrasal Verbs

    top off
    • 1top something off, top off somethingFinish something in a memorable or notable way.

      ‘the festivities were topped off with the awarding of prizes’
      • ‘The celebrations of the day will be topped off with an open air dance to the music of The Conquerors, from 12-2 a.m.’
      • ‘It's been a dream year and this just tops it off.’
      • ‘We topped the day off by going to see ‘Minority Report’ at Greenwich Cinema.’
      • ‘And finally, to top my day off, I found out that the joyless, universally disliked boss who's been off on maternity leave will be part time when she comes back at the end of April.’
      • ‘And, to top things off, King has another surprise up his sleeve.’
      • ‘And to top the day off, the agency I've been working for over the last two years sent out the paperwork for the contract extension.’
      • ‘One our way back home we took a detour to the city and stopped by Harry's Café for a classic hotdog to top the night off.’
      • ‘A black beret she had picked up in Paris topped off the outfit.’
      • ‘She straightened her little denim mini-skirt, fixed the straps of her white spaghetti-strap top and then topped off her ensemble with a tan cowboy hat.’
      • ‘The meal was topped off with platters of fresh fruit.’
      • ‘She has recorded three solo albums, is sought-after for other releases, has her own designer brand underway, and to top it all off is engaged to be married.’
      • ‘And to top it all off, you will have a genuine Spanish cultural experience.’
    • 2top something off, top off somethingUS informal Fill up a nearly full tank with fuel.

      • ‘check the fluid reservoir and top it off if necessary’
      • ‘Make sure the station's generator is functioning (hopefully there is one!) and make sure the fuel tank is topped off.’
      • ‘Prior to the storms, all the generators had been tested at full load and all of their tanks had been topped off.’
      • ‘And when you do decide to go all the way with a full tank of gas, don't bother topping it off because filling past the first ‘click’ will create sloshing and allow the gas you tried to squeeze in to spill over and out.’
      • ‘Except for topping it off now and then, you'll fill the pool only once.’
      • ‘Arriving back at the jet, I checked the fuel slip and noticed that it had been topped off.’
      • ‘I drank a lot of wine, mostly because Phil kept topping my glass off until I wasn't sure how many glasses I had drunk.’
    top out
    • 1Reach an upper limit.

      ‘collectors whose budgets tend to top out at about $50,000’
      • ‘It starts at $20,395, and tops out at $24,590.’
      • ‘It tops out at approximately 100 kilometres per hour and a fully charged battery will only take you 80 km.’
      • ‘The price range starts at just under £18,000 and tops out at not much more than £21,000.’
      • ‘This observer's only question is that given the attendance figures, which topped out at about 2,500 on Saturday, if the event was to sell out in the next year or two, how cramped would it feel inside the compound?’
      • ‘It has not experienced negative growth, but its growth has been much slower - something like 1.5 percent - because its investment cycle topped out in 1997.’
      • ‘But the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has said house price rises have slowed sharply following recent interest rate hikes and that northern price rises have topped out.’
      • ‘By night's end, the pot topped out at a mighty fine $100,000-plus for the cause.’
      • ‘Earlier this month, a chair failed to sell when bidding topped out at $62,000, below a prearranged minimum.’
      • ‘Jeans go for as little as $19.99 and top out at $49.99, but you can tell just by looking that they're the sort you'd buy on a whim ‘because they're so cheap!’’
      • ‘High-season room rates at these hotels start between $300 and $400, and top out at $3,000 at the Peninsula.’
      • ‘With wingspans topping out at nearly 8 feet, the aggressively territorial species is one of the world's biggest flying birds.’
    • 2top something out, top out somethingPut the highest structural feature on a building, typically as a ceremony to mark the building's completion.

      ‘most of the staff turned out to watch the reactor being topped out’
      • ‘Despite price tags that ran into the multimillions of dollars for a penthouse with views of the Santa Monica mountains, the downtown Los Angeles skyline, and the Pacific Ocean, all units were sold before the structure was topped out.’
      • ‘The building's topping out ceremony was carried out on Friday by Noel Ahern TD, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment & Local Government.’
      • ‘Building work on the New Farleigh hospice site in Broomfield reached new heights this week, with a topping out ceremony to complete the roof.’
      • ‘A topping out ceremony will be held at 4.00 pm on Thursday 25 March when a time capsule will be buried on the site to mark the building reaching its highest point.’
      • ‘On July 1, President Chen Shui-bin attended the topping out ceremony to see the last beam put into place.’
      • ‘The construction firm worker was invited to don dancing shoes to join performers at Newcastle's Dance City for a performance at a topping out ceremony for the theatre space, which he has been helping to build.’
      • ‘Congratulations and celebrations were in the air on Wednesday as Sir Cliff Richard came for the topping out ceremony at the Shooting Star Children's Hospice in Hampton.’
      • ‘All eyes were on Swindon's flagship hospital for the topping out ceremony of the diagnostic and treatment centre.’
      • ‘Coun. Richard Leese, who conducted the formal topping out ceremony, added: ‘We are very happy to see a name like Harvey Nichols in Manchester.’’
    top up
    • 1top something up, top up somethingFill up a glass or other partly full container.

      ‘he topped up our glasses and filled his own’
      • ‘He swallowed half of it immediately; sighing as it warmed his stomach, before topping the glass back up again and slowly putting the bottle away.’
      • ‘With every handshake my glass was topped up with a nip of whisky and by 1am I was feeling rather wobbly.’
      • ‘Neil Hinton, defending, said during the evening her glass had been topped up several times.’
      • ‘He filled the canteen, drank half of it, and topped it up again.’
      • ‘They fill their own Thermoses, top them up with coffee.’
      • ‘She gave a chuckle and joined them at the table with a half cup of coffee, topping it up with milk until it was almost full.’
      • ‘I woke to find Graham out in the garden carrying out some much needed maintenance on the fish pond, topping it up with fresh water and pulling out some weed.’
      • ‘She drank almost half of it in one swig and then topped it up again and Mr. Hamilton didn't bat an eyelid.’
      • ‘He used to take nearly empty marmalade jars, top them up with hot water, and put them outside the kitchen window to attract wasps away from the house.’
      • ‘Somewhere between the boiler (at the front door) and the radiator in the bathroom, water leaks out of our supposedly closed system, so we have to top it up regularly.’
      1. 1.1top someone up, top up someoneRefill a partly full glass or cup for someone.
        • ‘you have to wait for the waiter to top you up’
    • 2top something up, top up somethingBritish Add to a number or amount to bring it up to a certain level.

      • ‘a 0.5 percent bonus is offered to top up savings rates’
      1. 2.1Add credit to a pay-as-you-go mobile phone account.
        • ‘I topped up my account using a credit card’


Late Old English topp (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch top ‘summit, crest’.

Main definitions of top in English

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(also spinning top)

Pronunciation /täp/ /tɑp/

See synonyms for top

Translate top into Spanish


  • A conical, spherical, or pear-shaped toy that with a quick or vigorous twist may be set to spin.

    ‘Boys play marbles, spin tops, fly kites, and play such games as kabaddi (team wrestling).’
    • ‘We liked hurling tops and see them spin, jump and hiss.’
    • ‘Atoms have spin; replace the tops with atoms and now you're imagining a basic quantum computer!’
    • ‘But the tops are useless without a launcher, costing another £3.99, which spins the tops into each other at high speed.’
    • ‘Then, after the war, increasing affluence brought more toys for children - tin soldiers, tops, and dolls made of an exciting new material called plastic.’
    • ‘Gabriel tugged and tugged at me until I was running alongside him; he was cackling like a drunken fool, and he grabbed both my hands and spun us around like tops.’
    • ‘There are carefree drawings from the early 1950s in which women spin like tops, or lounge like courtesans.’
    • ‘Instead he stuck to cars, drawing trees or spinning things, like tops.’
    • ‘Their defensemen were getting spun like tops by the great one-on-one talent at the World Cup.’
    • ‘I was worried and wondered what he had experienced when the angels spun him like a top.’
    • ‘He had fallen in love, Mary's beauty and her assent to his affections spinning him like a top.’
    • ‘They bounced off another outcrop and spun like tops down the scree below.’
    • ‘Bedi spun it like a top, the ball occasionally taking a divot out of the wet mud that passed for a wicket.’
    • ‘The quarks, in essence, spin like tops, as do the neutrons and protons themselves.’
    • ‘Kids are bound to fall in love with the tiny magic tops, which turn around after starting to spin, spinning tops with strings and toothpicks with colourful, painted heads.’
    • ‘Favourites from Victorian times, including building blocks, spinning tops and toy prams and dolls, are also on view.’
    • ‘Then they flew down the circular steps so fast that their little bodies were still spinning like tops as they swirled out the front door and into the yard.’
    • ‘Louise is also hoping to branch out and offer party bags, ice-cream tubs in the summer and traditional toys, such as yo-yos and spinning tops.’
    • ‘Another guest describes a patient who thought he was a spinning top, or teetotum, and liked to spin around, at which the guest prepares to demonstrate before being interrupted by another table guest who whispers into his ear.’
    • ‘Another offering is from toy giant Hasbro with spinning tops made of five parts known as ‘Beyblades’.’


Late Old English, of unknown origin.