verb (used with object), top-dressed or top-drest, top-dress·ing.

to manure (land) on the surface.

Origin of top-dress

First recorded in 1725–35; top1 + dress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(tr) to spread manure or fertilizer on the surface of (land) without working it into the soil
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