[ top-awf, -of ]
/ ˈtɒpˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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noun Australian Slang.
a person who informs on another, often as if by accident or as a joke.
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Origin of top-off

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

top off

(tr, adverb) to finish or complete, esp with some decisive actionhe topped off the affair by committing suicide
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Other Idioms and Phrases with top-off

top off


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]


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

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