adjective British Slang.

Origin of top-hole

First recorded in 1895–1900; top1 + hole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for top-hole

Historical Examples of top-hole

  • They have a country cottage in Cornwall and it would be top-hole there.

  • "It's top-hole picnicking here with you girls," he announced.

  • Of course, one knows lots of top-hole fellows who were always about with girls.

  • "If it is the expression 'top-hole' you object to, I learnt it from you," said Nancy.

    The Eldest Son

    Archibald Marshall

  • Of course he could not stoop without a flash of vertigo; but on his feet he was top-hole.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy

    Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for top-hole


interjection, adjective British informal

excellent; splendid
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