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atop

[uh-top] /əˈtɒp/
adjective, adverb
1.
on or at the top.
preposition
2.
on the top of:
atop the flagpole.
Origin of atop
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60; a-1 + top1
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  • When we were once atop and about to cook our cutlets, we, you and I, nearly came to blows.'

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • As good a seaman as he was would have fetched port afore this if he was atop of water.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • From a point of vantage, atop the Ertak, we watched for the end.

    The Terror from the Depths Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • The ocean is always trying to lift her atop and not hold her under water.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
  • “Drop her atop of the little rock as I say when,” growled Josh.

    Menhardoc George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for atop

atop

/əˈtɒp/
adverb
1.
on top; at the top
preposition
2.
on top of; at the top of
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Word Origin and History for atop
adv.

1650s, from a- (1) + top. Two words or hyphenated at first; not fully established as one word till late 19c.

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