toptop1 /tɒp $ tɑːp/ ●●●S1W1 noun [countable]1highest partTOP the highest part of something opp bottomtop ofThe tops of the mountains were still covered with snow.She could only just see over the tops of their heads.at the top (of something)He was standing at the top of the stairs.We’ll sit down once we’re at the top.Write your name at the top of the page.to the top (of something)Stop and wait for us when you get to the top of the slope.I filled the glass right to the top.The book I wanted was at the very top of the pile.cliff top/mountaintop/hilltop/treetopWe could just see the white cliff tops in the distance.2upper surfaceSURFACE the flat upper surface of an objecta low wooden table with a glass toptop ofWe walked along the top of the ancient city walls.on (the) top of somethingShe put the papers down on the top of the piano.Her fingers drummed on the table top.3 →the top4coverD something that you put on or over an object to cover it, protect it, or prevent liquid coming out of itI can’t get the top off the jar.You’ve left the top off the toothpaste again!Can you put the top back on the bottle when you’ve finished with it?bottle top/pen top etcHas anyone seen my pen top?5clothesDCC a piece of clothing that you wear on the upper part of your bodyShe was wearing a stripy knitted top.a skirt with a matching topa bikini topI can’t find my pyjama top.6 →be (at the) top of the list/agenda7 →on top8 →on top of something9 →one on top of the other10 →on top of somebody11 →get on top of somebody12 →come out on top13 →on top of the world14plantHBPDF the part of a fruit or vegetable where it was attached to the plant, or the leaves of a plant whose root you can eatCut the tops off the tomatoes.I’ve found a recipe for beetroot tops.15street/field etcSGFAR the part of the street or of a piece of land that is the furthest away from youI waited at the top of East Street.16 →the top of the milk17 →the top of the table18 →off the top of your head19 →sing/shout at the top of your voice20 →be at the top of your game21 →from the top22 →from top to bottom23 →from top to toe24 →the top and bottom of it25 →not have much up top26toyDHT a child’s toy that spins around on its point when you twist it27 →spin like a top
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top• a dressing-table with a glass top• The skirt comes with a matching top.• There are two styles to choose from: the traditionalapex, shown here, and the flat pergolatop.• Boyd nervously tapped his pencil on the table top.• When you paint, you should start at the top and work your way down.• There's a wonderful view from the top of the tower.• This jewellery box would be worth a lot of money if the top wasn't chipped.• She looked at him over the top of her cup.• Put the top back on the bottle when you're finished.• Cut the pineapples lengthwise, without removing the tops.• We got the Christmas tree home by tying it to the top of the car.• It's a long, but not hard, way to the top.• The elevator will take you all the way to the top.• The top of the mountain is covered with snow.• The top of the piano was covered with a lacecloth.• The tops of the trees swayed in the breeze.top of• Stong's intellect and drive helped him reach the top of his profession.on (the) top of something• Place a book on top of the bags.• And by the April after that there will be speed camerason top of other speed cameras.• He just stopped the car on the top of a small hill, for they were right out in the country now.• She was lying on top of him.• Then the teacher put the newspaper on top of the stick, smoothed down the paper and hit the stick.• Spoon out excessfat from the roastingpan, and put the pan on top of the stove.• Subtlety and suppleness, on top ofstrength and speed.• Then, on top of the craziness and allegedcorruption, populist Bucaram last month announced an economic austerity program.toptop2 ●●●S1W1 adjective1highestTOP [only before noun] nearest to the top of something opp bottomWe have a flat on the top floor of the building.the top button of his shirtI managed to scrape off the top layer of paint.I found the letter in the top drawer of his desk.2bestBEST [usually before noun] best or most successfulour top tennis playersa top New York salonone of the world’s top engineering companiespeople in top jobsShe got top marks.The top score was 72.3winning winning in a game or competitiontop ofBarcelona remain top of the league after beating Real Madrid.Despite losing last night, Manchester United are still top (=the highest in a list of clubs in a competition).4 →top left/right/centre5 →top speed6 →top priority7good British English spoken informal very goodClive’s a top bloke.8 →top copy
top• Griffinestimated the tollexceeds $ 10 million and could top $ 100 million.• U.S. wine exports have already topped $51 million this year.• Jez should top her with a chopper.• To top it off, no effort was made to go after these guys.• The appearance of Comet Hale-Bopp topped that of Comet Hyakutake.• All Saints topped the chart with PureShores, closely followed by two artists who played live in Ireland last year.• After two days of climbing, we finally topped the peak.• As dawn began to lighten the sky they topped the rise of another mist-shrouded valley and began to descend the other side.• Experts say the recession is to blame for the rise in office crime as workers try to top up their income.• Fiercely tart, this dessert is a massivewedge of creamypietopped with a puff of lighter-than-air meringue.• An evening meal began promisingly with a bruschetta topped with choppedspinach, sun-driedtomatoes, pesto and feta cheese.topped ... charts• And their last two singles topped the charts.• But it didn't end there: shortly afterwards, her albumtopped the charts and went on to sell 100,000 copies.• Technologyaside, Boston topped the charts for the game with a 10. 8 rating.• In 1986 West End Girls topped the charts for two weeks and other hits quickly followed.From Longman Business Dictionarytoptop1 /tɒptɑːp/ adjective [only before a noun]1at the highest levelThe top rate of income tax has been cut sharply.the pay of top executivesShe spent five years in the top job.He is among the top 5% of earners in this country.2biggest or most successfulthe top 100 companies in the UK3bestWe sell only top-quality goods.toptop2 verb (topped, topping) [transitive]1to be higher than a particular amountProfits this year should top £1.2 billion.Last year bilateral trade topped $1 billion.2top an offer/a bid etc to offer more money than someone elseA rival company has topped our offer by $5 million. →top out →top something → up→ See Verb tabletoptop3 nounthe top the most important or most successful position in an organization, company, group etcHe started life at the bottom and worked his way up to the top.This decision has come from the top (=was made by the most important managers).