I. adjective Etymology: plural of 1top Date: 1935 topmost in quality, ability, popularity, or importance — used predicatively <
is tops in his field
II. adverb Date: 1956 at the very most <
will cost $50, tops

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tops — /tops/, adj. 1. ranked among the highest, as in ability, performance, comprehensiveness, or quality: His work is tops. That car is tops. adv. 2. at a maximum; at most: It ll take an hour, tops. I ll give you $25 for that, tops. n. 3. the tops.… …   Universalium

  • Tops — may refer to:* Jan Tops (born 1961), a Dutch equestrian * Tops Markets LLC, an American supermarket chainee also* Top (disambiguation) * Topper * Toppers * Topping * TOPS (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • tops — [tɔps US ta:ps] adv spoken informal 1.) at the most ▪ It should take two hours tops. 2.) the best or most popular ▪ The store was voted tops for its outstanding facilities for children …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tops — [ taps ] adverb at the most: You could probably get $800 tops for that car …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tops — informal a particularly good person or thing. → top tops informal at the most. → top …   English new terms dictionary

  • tops — [täps] Slang adv. at most [it ll take us a year, tops] n. see TOP1 (n. 8 9) …   English World dictionary

  • tops — (n.) the best, 1935, from TOP (Cf. top) (n.1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • TOPS — Total Operations Processing System, or TOPS, is a computer system for managing the locomotives and rolling stock (railroad cars) owned by a rail system. It was originally developed by the Southern Pacific Railroad and was widely sold; it is best… …   Wikipedia

  • tops — bron·tops; cer·a·tops; tops·man; tri·cer·a·tops; tops; …   English syllables

  • tops — /tɒps/ (say tops) adjective Colloquial wonderful; great: we had a tops time; the party was tops. {top1 + s3} …   Australian English dictionary

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