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top off

1. To add to something until it is full, especially if it was already close to being full. A noun or pronoun can be used between "top" and "off." I'd like to top the car off with gas before we set out on the road tomorrow. Here, let me top off your glass with a bit more wine.
2. To finish or complete something by adding a final element or flourish to it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "top" and "off." The party was great! There was dinner, games, and dancing, and they topped the evening off with a karaoke competition. The cake is almost finished, let me just top it off with a few chocolate strawberries. We topped off our vacation in Greece with a trip to the Acropolis of Athens.
3. To add something unpleasant or difficult to an already troublesome situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "top" and "off." I got a flat tire halfway through my bicycle ride, and to top that off, I had left my phone at home so I couldn't call anyone for help! The boss tore me a new one today, and to top it all off, my boyfriend said he was moving out.
See also: off, top

top something off

 (with something)
1. to end or terminate something with something; to put something on the top of something. They topped the building off with a tall flagpole. He topped off each piece of pie with a heap of whipped cream.
2. to celebrate an end to something with something. They topped the evening off with a bottle of champagne. They topped off the evening with a bottle of champagne.
See also: off, top

top something off

to add to the difficulty of something. Jane lost her job, and to top that off, she caught the flu. I had a bad day, and to top it off, I have to go to a meeting tonight.
See also: off, top

top off

1. Fill a container, especially when it is almost full to begin with. For example, I don't need much gas; just top off the tank, please. [First half of 1900s]
2. Finish, especially in a spectacular way, as in They topped off their trip with a visit to the White House. [First half of 1800s]
See also: off, top

top off

v.
1. To fill some container completely, especially when it is almost full to begin with: Before we returned the rental car, we topped off the gas tank. Every time I took a sip of my water, the server would come back and top it off.
2. To finish something appropriately: The couple topped off the romantic evening with a walk along the river.
See also: off, top
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He added, however, that topping off tanks can "bypass" systems in vehicles and fuel-pump nozzles that capture harmful vapors.
With the topping off this week of the new Hampton Inn & Suites, downtown Albany's first new lodging construction project in over 20 years is on schedule for its opening in the fall of 2005.
HRH Construction hosted a topping off ceremony on October 28 for the Park Place Condominiums at 145 Park Place and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn's Park Slope district.
The development, financial and construction team behind Williamsburg's Schaefer Landing recently celebrated the topping off of Schaefer Landing in Williamsburg, a unique waterfront complex which will feature both luxury condominiums and affordable rental units.
With the topping off of 7 WTC just completed two weeks ago, the floors of the 52-story tower are now being completed at a rate of one a week, with the entire building's completion expected in 2005-06, he said.
Cappelli were once again at the heart of excitement in downtown White Plains last week when a spectacular double ceremony was held marking the "topping off" of the 35-story Trump Tower at City Center and the start of demolition to make way for Cappelli's latest project, the $375 million Renaissance Square hotel, residential and office complex.
New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation representatives joined Paterson Public School District educators, city officials, community supporters and construction workers for a topping off ceremony marking a milestone at the new P.A.N.T.H.E.R.
Caption: TOPPING OFF--SOHO 25, SoHo's first new-construction condominium in over 20 years, celebrated the topping off of its over-90%-sold building set for completion in the spring of next year.
Topping off the building is a spectacular 7,278 SF full floor penthouse, featuring a ceiling height of up to 17 feet and a 3,094 SF wraparound terrace.