cap it all


1

Also, cap it all off. Finish or complete something, as in To cap it all off they served three kinds of dessert.

2

Surpass or outdo something, as in This last story of Henry's caps them all. Both usages employ cap in the sense of “topping” something. [First half of 1800s]

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