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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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  • "Well, we can at least put the top up," she said practically.

  • It's a hard life while it lasts, and a nasty death to top up with.


    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • Hook the topping-lift and forward guy to the boom, and top up on it.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Tom whipped his top up the street toward the market-place, too.

  • A chartreuse convertible with its top up drew to a stop in front of her.

    Earth Alert! Kris Neville
  • No sooner was the top up that day than Calico's training began.

    Horses Nine Sewell Ford

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