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top up

verb (transitive, adverb) (Brit)
to raise the level of (a liquid, powder, etc) in (a container), usually bringing it to the brim of the container: top up the sugar in those bowls
  1. to increase the benefits from (an insurance scheme), esp to increase a pension when a salary rise enables higher premiums to be paid
  2. to add money to (a loan, bank account, etc) in order to keep it at a constant or acceptable level
  1. an amount added to something in order to raise it to or maintain it at a desired level
  2. (as modifier): a top-up loan, a top-up policy
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  • Jerking the top up disclosed a mass of smoking rags and a few bundles of scorched papers.

    Poppea of the Post-Office Mabel Osgood Wright
  • "Well, we can at least put the top up," she said practically.

  • They play at billiards in the morning, they absorb pale ale for breakfast, and 'top up' with glasses of strong waters.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Tom whipped his top up the street toward the market-place, too.

  • So when a man and woman warmly clad drove by in a buggy, with top up, I resolved to get even.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • And to top up with, if you please, he's descended from Alfred the Great.

    My Friend Prospero Henry Harland

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