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topside

[top-sahyd]
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noun
  1. the upper side.
  2. Usually topsides. Nautical. the outer surface of a hull above the water.
  3. the most authoritative position or level.
  4. Chiefly British. a cut of beef similar to a U.S. rump roast.Compare silverside(def 1).
  5. British. the top or outer side of a round of beef; beef from the outer thigh of a butchered cow.
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or located on the topside.
  2. of the most authoritative rank.
adverb
  1. Also top·sides. up on the deck: He left the engine room and went topside.
  2. to, toward, or at the topside.

Origin of topside

First recorded in 1670–80; top1 + side1
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Examples from the Web for topside

Historical Examples

  • It was the complete lack of order and sanity and that let me get topside.

    The Creature from Cleveland Depths

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • With that topside staring him in the face, he'll have something to read in the hereafter.

    Here Lies

    H.W. Guernsey

  • It had been displaced a full fifteen degrees on the topside of optimum power!

    Spillthrough

    Daniel F. Galouye

  • There was a branch slanting up from the topside of the fallen tree.

    The World That Couldn't Be

    Clifford Donald Simak

  • The Colonel has an individual dugout, and Dodds sleeps "topside" in the trench.


British Dictionary definitions for topside

topside

noun
  1. the uppermost side of anything
  2. British and NZ a lean cut of beef from the thigh containing no bone
  3. (often plural)
    1. the part of a ship's sides above the waterline
    2. the parts of a ship above decks
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