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overtop

[verb oh-ver-top; noun oh-ver-top] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈtɒp; noun ˈoʊ vərˌtɒp/
verb (used with object), overtopped, overtopping.
1.
to rise over or above the top of:
a skyscraper that overtops all the other buildings.
2.
to rise above in authority; take precedence over; override:
No individual shall overtop the law.
3.
to surpass or excel:
a rise in sales that overtopped everyone in the industry.
noun
4.
a top, sometimes sleeveless, designed to be worn over another garment, as a shirt or dress.
Origin of overtop
1555-1565
First recorded in 1555-65; over- + top1
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  • overtopping others in character, he was conspicuous also in debate.

  • Her sweet, proud face was near him once again, overtopping his manhood.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • overtopping attribute of God, all of whose attributes are immeasurable.

    New Tabernacle Sermons Thomas De Witt Talmage
  • He was a man of commanding stature, overtopping the squire who rode close behind him, and dwarfing the men-at-arms by contrast.

    Albrecht Arlo Bates
  • These "bruisers" of the hunting field ought to be made to carry three stone dead weight; they should be "trashed for overtopping."

    A Cotswold Village J. Arthur Gibbs
  • He was a big fellow, broad shouldered and tall, overtopping the chief by several inches, though the latter was not short.

    South from Hudson Bay E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • Mr. Jope glanced back at the roof of Merry-Garden, which from the quay could be seen just overtopping the laylocks.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • To the rear of these, overtopping all at intervals, lofty snow-clads lifted their white crowns into the sunshine.

    Over the Ocean Curtis Guild
  • The belfries and roofs of mediæval Orange rose in the clear air, overtopping the half ruined theatre in many places.

    The Ways of Men Eliot Gregory
  • overtopping all are the fields of snow, the great reservoirs of the springs and rivers which fertilize the country.

British Dictionary definitions for overtopping

overtopping

/ˌəʊvəˈtɒpɪŋ/
noun
1.
the rising of water over the top of a barrier

overtop

/ˌəʊvəˈtɒp/
verb (transitive) -tops, -topping, -topped
1.
to exceed in height
2.
to surpass; excel
3.
to rise over the top of
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Word Origin and History for overtopping

overtop

v.

1560s, from over- + top (v.). Related: Overtopped; overtopping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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