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[top-hohl] /ˈtɒpˈhoʊl/
adjective, British Slang.
Origin of top-hole
First recorded in 1895-1900; top1 + hole Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They have a country cottage in Cornwall and it would be top-hole there.

  • "It's top-hole picnicking here with you girls," he announced.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • Of course, one knows lots of top-hole fellows who were always about with girls.

  • "If it is the expression 'top-hole' you object to, I learnt it from you," said Nancy.

    The Eldest Son Archibald Marshall
  • Of course he could not stoop without a flash of vertigo; but on his feet he was top-hole.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • One of them I chose really to show my tailor, as it was a top-hole scheme for a winter waistcoat.

  • "That was a top-hole rearguard action," said Ellingford to Burnet as they went together to Rejeb's tower.

    Carry On! Herbert Strang
  • The soup was top-hole—mock turtle, and one of Elizabeth Lazenby's finest efforts.

    The Secret Service Submarine Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • When you come home, Malcolm, I'll be waiting for you at Lyttelton with the most top-hole car going.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • "A top-hole idea," Freddy Farmer said gravely, and brushed a couple of crumbs off the skirt of his tunic.

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for top-hole


interjection, adjective (Brit, informal)
excellent; splendid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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