top the bill

top the bill

To be the featured person in an event. Two professors from New York University are topping the bill at the conference on climate change this weekend. Up until now he's only been a supporting act, but he's going to top the bill for the first time next Saturday.
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top (or head) the bill

be the main performer or act in a show, play, etc.
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head/top the ˈbill

be the most important item or performer in a show, play, etc: Topping the bill tonight will be Robbie Williams.
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The Schools Out singer will top the bill on the first day of Pegg's Cropredy festival in Oxfordshire - Cooper's only UK show so far scheduled this year.
Engelbert Humperdinck's management watched him rehearsing for a gig where the legendary crooner was due to top the bill and asked Bill to take his money and run because he was "too much competition".
Crissy's looking for anyone from dance groups to magicians to top the bill with her, alongside guest star Pete Price from Radio City.
The band top the bill at the event, which runs from May 4-6.
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