top-off

[ top-awf, -of ]
/ ˈtɒpˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun Australian Slang.

a person who informs on another, often as if by accident or as a joke.

Origin of top-off

First recorded in 1940–45; noun use of verb phrase top off to inform (on someone)

Definition for top off (2 of 2)

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 top off (1 of 3)

top off


verb

(tr, adverb) to finish or complete, esp with some decisive actionhe topped off the affair by committing suicide

British Dictionary definitions for top off (2 of 3)

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 top off (3 of 3)

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 top off (1 of 2)

top off


1

Fill a container, especially when it is almost full to begin with. For example, I don't need much gas; just top off the tank, please. [First half of 1900s]

2

Finish, especially in a spectacular way, as in They topped off their trip with a visit to the White House. [First half of 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with top off (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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