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 on top of (1 of 2)

top

1
/ (tɒp) /

noun

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)

Word Origin for top

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

British Dictionary definitions for on top of (2 of 2)

top

2
/ (tɒp) /

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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Idioms and Phrases with on top of (1 of 2)

on top of


1

In control of, fully informed about, as in The weeds were terrible, but the new gardener was soon on top of them, or Our senator always manages to be on top of the issues.

2

In addition to, following closely on, as in Several other benefits are being offered on top of a better salary, or On top of the flu Jane caught her sister's measles. [c. 1600]

3

Also, on top of one another. Very close to, crowded, as in I didn't see her until she was right on top of us, or In these condominiums people are living right on top of one another. [Mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with on top of (2 of 2)

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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