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[top-sahy-der] /ˈtɒpˌsaɪ dər/
a brand of casual shoe with a nonskid sole, designed especially for wear on boats. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Word Origin and History for topsider



kind of casual shoe, 1937, from topside in nautical sense of "upper deck of a ship," where the rubber soles would provide good traction.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A high executive, officer, manager, etc: sighed one Pentagon topsider last week/ and also ''delightfully puzzled,'' as one topsider put it

[1960s+; related to late 1800s British topside, ''in control, commanding,'' in turn related to the nautical term topside by the suggestion that the master of a ship works on the bridge, which is the highest deck of the ship]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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