To top off
Top Top, v. t. 1. To cover on the top; to tip; to cap; -- chiefly used in the past participle. [1913 Webster]

Like moving mountains topped with snow. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

A mount Of alabaster, topped with golden spires. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To rise above; to excel; to outgo; to surpass. [1913 Webster]

Topping all others in boasting. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Edmund the base shall top the legitimate. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To rise to the top of; to go over the top of. [1913 Webster]

But wind about till thou hast topped the hill. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

4. To take off the or upper part of; to crop. [1913 Webster]

Top your rose trees a little with your knife. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

5. To perform eminently, or better than before. [1913 Webster]

From endeavoring universally to top their parts, they will go universally beyond them. --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster]

6. (Naut.) To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other. [1913 Webster]

7. (Dyeing) To cover with another dye; as, to top aniline black with methyl violet to prevent greening and crocking. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

8. To put a stiffening piece or back on (a saw blade). [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

9. To arrange, as fruit, with the best on top. [Cant] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

10. To strike the top of, as a wall, with the hind feet, in jumping, so as to gain new impetus; -- said of a horse. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

11. To improve (domestic animals, esp. sheep) by crossing certain individuals or breeds with other superior. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

12. (Naut.) To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

13. To cut, break, or otherwise take off the top of (a steel ingot) to remove unsound metal. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

14. (Golf) To strike (the ball) above the center; also, to make (as a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{To top off}, (a) to complete by putting on, or finishing, the top or uppermost part of; as, to top off a stack of hay; hence, to complete; to finish; to adorn. (b) to completely fill (an almost full tank) by adding more of the liquid it already contains. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To strike off — Strike Strike, v. t. [imp. {Struck}; p. p. {Struck}, {Stricken}({Stroock}, {Strucken}, Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Striking}. Struck is more commonly used in the p. p. than stricken.] [OE. striken to strike, proceed, flow, AS. str[=i]can to go,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To turn off — Turn Turn (t[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turning}.] [OE. turnen, tournen, OF. tourner, torner, turner, F. tourner, LL. tornare, fr. L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to rounds off, fr. tornus a lathe, Gr. ? a turner s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To head off — Head Head (h[e^]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Headed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Heading}.] 1. To be at the head of; to put one s self at the head of; to lead; to direct; to act as leader to; as, to head an army, an expedition, or a riot. Dryden. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To fly off — Fly Fly (fl[imac]), v. i. [imp. {Flew} (fl[=u]); p. p. {Flown} (fl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Flying}.] [OE. fleen, fleen, fleyen, flegen, AS. fle[ o]gan; akin to D. vliegen, OHG. fliogan, G. fliegen, Icel. flj[=u]ga, Sw. flyga, Dan. flyve, Goth. us …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • top off — {v.} To come or bring to a special or unexpected ending; climax. * /John batted three runs and topped off the game with a home run./ * /Mary hadn t finished her homework, she was late to school, and to top it all off she missed a surprise test./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • top off — {v.} To come or bring to a special or unexpected ending; climax. * /John batted three runs and topped off the game with a home run./ * /Mary hadn t finished her homework, she was late to school, and to top it all off she missed a surprise test./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To go off the hooks — Hook Hook (h[oo^]k; 277), n. [OE. hok, AS. h[=o]c; cf. D. haak, G. hake, haken, OHG. h[=a]ko, h[=a]go, h[=a]ggo, Icel. haki, Sw. hake, Dan. hage. Cf. {Arquebuse}, {Hagbut}, {Hake}, {Hatch} a half door, {Heckle}.] 1. A piece of metal, or other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Top — Top, v. t. 1. To cover on the top; to tip; to cap; chiefly used in the past participle. [1913 Webster] Like moving mountains topped with snow. Waller. [1913 Webster] A mount Of alabaster, topped with golden spires. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Top out — (Building) To top off; to finish by putting on a cap of top (uppermost) course (called a {top ping out course}). [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Top Up TV — Type Limited Company Industry Media Founded March 2004 Key people David Chance, Nick Hu …   Wikipedia

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