[tɒp] noun I
1) [C] the highest place, point, part, or surface of something
We could see mountain tops in the distance.[/ex]
I left my purse at the top of the stairs.[/ex]
He sprinkled sugar on top of the cake.[/ex]
2) [C] a flat upper surface of something
a table top[/ex]
3) [C] a lid or cover for a container or pen
the top of the shampoo bottle[/ex]
4) [C] a piece of clothing that covers the upper part of your body
She was wearing a red skirt and a black top.[/ex]
5) the top
[singular] the highest status or most important position
Scott has reached the top of his profession.[/ex]
from top to bottom — completely and thoroughly[/ex]
We cleaned the house from top to bottom.[/ex]
sth gets on top of youinformal if something gets on top of you, it causes you a lot of work and worry[/ex]
Things are really getting on top of me at home.[/ex]
off the top of your head — immediately and without thinking very much[/ex]
Off the top of my head, I'd say we have about 200 members.[/ex]
on top — in a situation where you are in control or winning[/ex]
United stayed on top throughout most of the match.[/ex]
on top of — 1) in addition to something else[/ex]
On top of all his financial problems, his wife left him.[/ex]

— 2) in control of what is happening

I try to stay on top of things.[/ex]

— 3) very close to someone or something

The truck was almost on top of me.[/ex]
on top of the world — in a very good mood because things are going well for you[/ex]
over the top — more than what is considered normal or suitable[/ex]
top */*/*/[tɒp]
1) at or on the highest part of something
Our room is on the top floor.[/ex]
2) highest in status, degree, or importance
He's one of the top players in the league.[/ex]
Our top priority now is finding shelter for the flood victims.[/ex]
verb [T]
top [tɒp]
1) to be larger than a particular amount
The costs for the project may top £50 million.[/ex]
2) to be in the most important or popular position in a list of things
3) to be better or more impressive than something else
I don't think I can top your fishing story.[/ex]
4) to cover something with a layer of something else
pizza topped with pepperoni[/ex]
- top sth off
- top sth up

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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