top (oneself)

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top

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!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.

top

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.
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Seemingly oblivious to his fate and with his lieutenants either fleeing or topping themselves, the fascist tyrant carries on.
Everybody must have been too busy making do and mending to think of topping themselves. Even the fashion pages changed.
They keep topping themselves up and have a real awareness of what professional football is all about."
IF Holby City hospital is so overcrowded and understaffed, how come they can run off and stop one of their colleagues topping themselves?
Speaking off the record to a reporter from my Portsmouth days, I said I thought some of Keegan's decisions were naive and that when things weren't going well, Kevin and his assistant Terry McDermott came in with faces like slapped a***s and all the players would feel like topping themselves.
IN THESE days of pure pop and sugar-coated sha-lala love songs, it's strangely refreshing to hear music about long-term mental patients, people topping themselves and the personal redemption that only comes with years of acting like a complete idiot and realising it.
Topping themselves is what dedicated teleservices is about.
It's a seismic blast from Judy and Babs, singing "Get Happy" and "Happy Days Are Here Again," then topping themselves with a "Hooray for Love" medley.
"The last thing I want is for someone to say they are thinking of topping themselves because of a line from a track.
They're both good options - better than Antony and Cleo topping themselves (Romeo and Juliet too, for that matter).
And it will be worse once they start topping themselves up with gallons of electric soup.
Look at the investment bankers topping themselves and City Boys pawning their yachts.
Although this would have been the first case on record of someone tying their own arms behind a chair before topping themselves. Bonkers.
It must seem like lately he's surrounded by pixie-faced women intent on topping themselves.