the top of the hour

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the top of the hour

The beginning of an hour (e.g. 7:00), as opposed to the bottom of the hour (e.g. 7:30). And we'll bring you that news story at the top of the hour.
See also: hour, of, top

the top of the ˈhour

(especially American English) (on a TV/radio programme, etc.) the beginning of an hour on a clock: We have more news coming up at the top of the hour. OPPOSITE: the bottom of the hour
See also: hour, of, top
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His ranting volume increased as he added: "A) It's not the top of the hour and B) they know it's GMB otherwise they wouldn't be watching.
Flights depart at the top of the hour beginning at 7 a.m.
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That's on top of the hour he puts in every week-day night.
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Drivers will be able to get through at the top of the hour for ten minutes, says Transport Agency Journey Manager, Lee Wright.
There will be a major interview at the top of the hour and a weekly feature in which Sophy explores how the country is reacting to Westminster.
FOMC began its meeting at the top of the hour, and will announce the results Wednesday at 14:00 ET, to be followed by Chairman Powell's press conference at 14:30 ET.
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"I think we should keep in and put a 'strong language' warning at the top of the hour.
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