top out


verb

(adverb) to place the highest stone on (a building) or perform a ceremony on this occasion

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“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
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Idioms and Phrases with top out

top out

1

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.

2

Fill up a ship or complete its cargo, as in The ship was topped out with scrap iron. This idiom was first recorded in 1940.

3

Cease rising, as in Interest rates topped out at 10 percent. [Second half of 1900s]

4

Retire just as one becomes very successful, as in He decided that at sixty it was time to top out. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s]

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