To cap the climax
Climax Cli"max, n. [L., from Gr. ? ladder, staircase, fr. ? to make to bend, to lean. See {Ladder}, {Lean}, v. i.] 1. Upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

2. (Rhet.) A figure in which the parts of a sentence or paragraph are so arranged that each succeeding one rises above its predecessor in impressiveness. [1913 Webster]

``Tribulation worketh patience, patience experience, and experience hope'' -- a happy climax. --J. D. Forbes. [1913 Webster]

3. The highest point; the greatest degree. [1913 Webster]

We must look higher for the climax of earthly good. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

{To cap the climax}, to surpass everything, as in excellence or in absurdity. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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