Nearby words

  1. toots,
  2. tootsie,
  3. tootsy,
  4. tootsy-wootsy,
  5. toowoomba,
  6. top 40,
  7. top banana,
  8. top billing,
  9. top boot,
  10. top brass

Idioms

Origin of top

1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch top, German Zopf, Old Norse toppr “top”

Related formsun·topped, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for blow one's top

top

1

noun

the highest or uppermost part of anythingthe top of a hill
the most important or successful positionto be at the top of the class; the top of the table
the part of a plant that is above groundcarrot tops
a thing that forms or covers the uppermost part of anything, esp a lid or capput the top on the saucepan
the highest degree or pointat the top of his career
the most important personhe's the top of this organization
the best or finest part of anythingwe've got the top of this year's graduates
the loudest or highest pitch (esp in the phrase top of one's voice)
the beginningthe top of the hour; at the top of the programme
short for top gear
cards the highest card of a suit in a player's hand
sport
  1. a stroke that hits the ball above its centre
  2. short for topspin
a platform around the head of a lower mast of a sailing vessel, the edges of which serve to extend the topmast shrouds
chem the part of a volatile liquid mixture that distils first
a garment, esp for a woman, that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips
  1. the high-frequency content of an audio signal
  2. (as modifier)this amplifier has a good top response
blow one's top informal to lose one's temper
on top of
  1. in addition toon top of his accident, he caught pneumonia
  2. informalin complete control of (a difficult situation, job, etc)
off the top of one's head with no previous preparation; extempore
over the top
  1. over the parapet or leading edge of a trench
  2. over the limit; excessive(ly); lacking restraint or a sense of proportion
the top of the morning a morning greeting regarded as characteristic of Irishmen

adjective

of, relating to, serving as, or situated on the topthe top book in a pile
British informal excellenta top night out

verb tops, topping or topped (mainly tr)

to form a top on (something)to top a cake with whipped cream
to remove the top of or fromto top carrots
to reach or pass the top ofwe topped the mountain
to be at the top ofhe tops the team
to exceed or surpass
slang to kill
(also intr) sport
  1. to hit (a ball) above the centre
  2. to make (a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way
chem to distil off (the most volatile part) from a liquid mixture
to add other colorants to (a dye) in order to modify the shade produced
top and tail
  1. to trim off the ends of (fruit or vegetables) before cooking them
  2. to wash a baby's face and bottom without immersion in a bath

Word Origin for top

Old English topp; related to Old High German zopf plait, Old Norse toppr tuft

top

2

noun

a toy that is spun on its pointed base by a flick of the fingers, by pushing a handle at the top up and down, etc
anything that spins or whirls around
sleep like a top to sleep very soundly

Word Origin for top

Old English, of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for blow one's top
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Idioms and Phrases with blow one's top

blow one's top

1

Also, blow one's stack. Fly into a rage; lose one's composure. For example, If she calls about this one more time I'm going to blow my top, or Warren is generally very easy-going, but today he blew his stack. The top here has been likened to the top of an erupting volcano; the stack alludes to a smokestack. [Slang; first half of 1900s]

2

Go crazy, become insane, as in When she regains consciousness, she just may blow her top. [Slang; first half of 1900s] Also see flip one's lid.

top

In addition to the idioms beginning with top

  • top banana
  • top brass
  • top dog
  • top dollar
  • top drawer
  • top off
  • top out
  • top to toe

also see:

  • at the top of one's lungs
  • big top
  • blow one's top
  • brass hat (top brass)
  • from head to toe (top to toe)
  • off the top of one's head
  • on top
  • on top of
  • on top of the world
  • over the top
  • sleep like a log (top)
  • thin on top
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