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grow like Topsy
To rapidly grow or expand. Our small company has grown like Topsy over the past year, thanks in no small part to our aggressive new marketing campaign. Our puppy has grown like Topsy since we switched to a new brand of dog food.
obsolete slang Drunk. The topsy-boozy sailors stumbled out of the bar and began making their way back to port. We were all a little topsy-boozy after all the champagne we had at lunch.
obsolete slang Drunk. The topsy-frizy sailors stumbled out of the bar and began making their way back to port. We were all a little topsy-frizy after all the champagne we had at lunch.
1. In a state of chaos or disorder. I was sick with the flu all week, so the house is totally topsy-turvy.
2. Drunk. She was pretty topsy-turvy last night at the bar—I wonder how hungover she is today.
grow like ˈTopsygrow very fast, particularly in an unplanned or uncontrolled way: After many contributions, our website has grown like Topsy, and is now being completely revised.Topsy was a female character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
topsy-boozyand topsy-boosy (ˈtɑpsiˈbuzi)
mod. alcohol intoxicated. She was so topsy-boosy she couldn’t stand up.
1. mod. upside down; in disarray. He came in and turned everything topsy-turvy.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. She was too topsy-turvy to stand up.
grow like Topsy
Grow very quickly. This phrase alludes to the little African-American slave girl in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1851), who when asked where she came from, replied, “I ’spect I growed. Don’t think nobody never made me.”