John Ensign just crashed off our top 10 list for 2012 GOP presidential aspirants.
In the hierarchy of Things That Are Bad, rockets and bombs flying/being flown across borders is right near the top.
If a writer on True Blood came up with the character of Jody Hice, the producers would reject it for being too over the top.
All that is a prelude to explain the significance of the numbers at the top: 51 percent, 47 percent, and then 32 percent.
Women are stagnating in the top 15 percent of jobs in this country—in every industry.
The top of this height, on the contrary, has scarce any wood.
The Spanish merchantman was dashing in shore at the top of his speed.
O, I don't know,—perhaps as big as the top of the dining-table.
He urged the beast to full speed, forcing the animal to the top of the wall and over.
A flag flew from the top of a pole at the front of the house.
"highest point," Old English top "summit, crest, tuft," from Proto-Germanic *tuppaz (cf. Old Norse toppr "tuft of hair," Old Frisian top "tuft," Old Dutch topp, Dutch top, Old High German zopf "end, tip, tuft of hair," German Zopf "tuft of hair"); no certain connections outside Germanic except a few Romanic words probably borrowed from Germanic.
Few Indo-European languages have a word so generic, which can be used of the upper part or surface of just about anything. More typical is German, which has Spitze for sharp peaks (mountains), oberfläche for the upper surface of flat things (such as a table). Top dog first attested 1900; top-drawer (1920) is from British expression out of the top drawer "upper-class."
"toy that spins on a point," late Old English top, probably a special use of top (n.1), but the modern word is perhaps via Old French topet, which is from a Germanic source akin to the root of English top (n.1). As a type of seashell, first recorded 1680s.
: He got the top recommendation (1714+)