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1. verb To best or outshine someone in some pursuit. I don't think I can top Brian—I just can't run that fast. That story was crazy—how can I top it?
2. verb, slang To kill someone. Ray topped the informant, just as the boss told him to.
3. noun A usually circular toy with a top handle and a bottom point, on which it is balanced and then spun (to see how long it can stay spinning). Back in my day, we got toys like tops and yo-yos—none of these fancy dolls and video games!
4. noun A shirt. Can you answer the door? Someone's knocking and I haven't got a top on! No, I think I liked that purple top on you better.
5. noun In baseball and softball, the first half of an inning. It's the top of the ninth, and the Angels are winning 7-6.
6. noun In sexual activity between two men, the person who penetrates (and who is often viewed as dominant). If you're both tops, then what are you going to do in the bedroom?

top (oneself)

1. To commit suicide. Primarily heard in UK. A: "Did you hear that his father topped himself over the weekend?" B: "Yeah, I can't believe it. Everyone is still in shock."
2. To outdo or outperform one's previous effort(s) or achievement(s). Primarily heard in US. Wow, you've really topped yourself with these cupcakes, Stephen!
See also: top
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top someone or something

to do or be better than someone or something. Ann has done very well, but I don't think she can top Jane. Do you think your car tops mine when it comes to gas mileage?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. tv. to surpass someone or something. Can you top this one?
2. tv. to kill someone. Spike was gonna top Bart first.
3. n. the first half of a baseball inning. Wilbur hit a nice double-bagger in the top half of the fourth.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
"I see you were right, but just take out the top one."
"I dunno what they are -- I never bothered to look in 'em, but the address on the top one is
I manufactured a large quantity of these post-holes, and having no room in which to store them I set them all end to end and put the top one in the ground.
Fastening the waist in front were four buttons -- the top one blue, the next yellow, a third red and the last purple.
He drew nearer; the top one bore, with dignified simplicity, the words, 'Mr.
Seeking this gentle acclivity, they began to ascend it with alacrity, trusting to find at the top one of those elevated plains which prevail among the Rocky Mountains.
The pouted-up deep red mouth to which this syllable was native had hardly as yet settled into its definite shape, and her lower lip had a way of thrusting the middle of her top one upward, when they closed together after a word.
In the top one lay Oofty-Oofty, a Kanaka and splendid seaman, so named by his mates.
"I am glad I used the BOTTOM oven," said Ribby, "the top one would certainly have been very much too hot.
He opened the top one, Bolton Hall's "Three Acres and Liberty," and read to them of a man who walked six hundred and fifty miles a year in cultivating, by old-fashioned methods, twenty acres, from which he harvested three thousand bushels of poor potatoes; and of another man, a "new" farmer, who cultivated only five acres, walked two hundred miles, and produced three thousand bushels of potatoes, early and choice, which he sold at many times the price received by the first man.
The total height of Marmore Falls is 165 meters, making it the tallest man-made waterfall in the world, consisting of three levels the top one is the tallest at 90 meters.
The tournament is part of the two-day ONE Martial Arts Fan Fest in Tokyo, which will also feature top ONE Championship talents such as Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez.
People with an ultra-high net worth - the top one per cent of wealthy individuals - accounted for 75 per cent of the decline, according to the data from Capgemini's World Wealth Report 2019.
For Telford the homes in the top one per cent cost PS490,000, with the average house price in the area being PS186,000.