(adverb) to place the highest stone on (a building) or perform a ceremony on this occasion
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How to use top out in a sentence
Compare that with SpaceShipTwo, which needs to top out at 2,500 miles an hour and is yet to reach that speed.Tycoons in Space: One in Orbit and One Still Grounded | Clive Irving | October 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Plains, and Far West, secession sympathizers top out at 22 percent of the population.
Sets start at $1,500 and top out at about $6,000, depending on the level of embellishment.
Roses are about the worst, for they soon run up leggy, and only flower at the top out of sight.Wood and Garden | Gertrude Jekyll
He was very ingenious, and he knew how to turn a top out of beech or maple that would outspin anything you could get in a store.A Boy's Town | W. D. Howells
Then we both showed the top out of our pockets, with that writing on it, in the same way the director did his cheque-book.Scamping Tricks and Odd Knowledge | John Newman
It was Teddy who finally discovered the open window by which it was thought someone had entered the barn and taken top out.The Curlytops and Their Pets | Howard R. Garis
Hence why send the top joints on a carriage top out roughly and incompletely finished?Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting | Mayton Clarence Hillick
Other Idioms and Phrases with top out
Complete the top portion of a building, as in They were scheduled to top out the dome next week. This idiom was first recorded in 1834.
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