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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.
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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.
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grow like ˈTopsy

grow 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.
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and 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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.”
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References in classic literature ?
The ribbon was pulled out of Topsy's own sleeve, yet was she not in the least disconcerted; she only looked at it with an air of the most surprised and unconscious innocence.
"Topsy, you naughty girl, don't you tell me a lie,--you stole that ribbon!"
"Topsy," said Miss Ophelia, "don't you now it's wicked to tell lies?"
"I never tell no lies, Miss Feely," said Topsy, with virtuous gravity; "it's jist the truth I've been a tellin now, and an't nothin else."
"Topsy, I shall have to whip you, if you tell lies so."
"Laws, Missis, if you's to whip all day, couldn't say no other way," said Topsy, beginning to blubber.
Topsy now confessed to the gloves, but still persisted in denying the ribbon.
"Now, Topsy," said Miss Ophelia, "if you'll confess all about it, I won't whip you this time." Thus adjured, Topsy confessed to the ribbon and gloves, with woful protestations of penitence.
Topsy, with loud protestations, and tears, and groans, declared that she could not.
"What in the world did you tell me you took those things for, Topsy?"
"Why, Missis said I must 'fess; and I couldn't think of nothin' else to 'fess," said Topsy, rubbing her eyes.
"Laws, now, is it?" said Topsy, with an air of innocent wonder.
"La, there an't any such thing as truth in that limb," said Rosa, looking indignantly at Topsy. "If I was Mas'r St.
When Miss Ophelia expatiated on Topsy's naughty, wicked conduct, the child looked perplexed and sorrowful, but said, sweetly.
the ear that has never heard anything but abuse is strangely incredulous of anything so heavenly as kindness; and Topsy only thought Eva's speech something funny and inexplicable,--she did not believe it.