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on top of

Definition of on top of

  1. 1 :  on the highest or upper part of (something or someone) <The house sits on top of a hill.> <Books and papers were piled on top of each other.> <I fell to the ground and the dog jumped on top of me.>

  2. 2 :  in control of (something) :  doing the things that are needed to deal with (something) <You can count on them to be on top of things when problems develop.>

  3. 3 :  aware of what is happening in (a particular area of activity) <She tries to keep/stay on top of current events.>

  4. 4 :  very close to or near (someone or something) <The deadline was on top of them before they knew it.> <The houses are built right on top of each other.>

  5. 5 :  in addition to (something) <You owe me $20, and that's on top of the $40 you owe me from earlier.> <On top of everything else, he lost his job.>

  6. 6 British :  too difficult (for someone) to handle or deal with <Planning their wedding was starting to get on top of them.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the highest point, level, or part of something :  summit, crown

    :  the head of a plant

    :  the aboveground part of a plant having edible roots

  1. : :  to remove or cut the top of

    :  to shorten or remove the top of (a plant) :  pinch

    :  to cover with a top or on the top :  provide, form, or serve as a top for

  1. :  of, relating to, or being at the top :  uppermost

    :  chief, leading

    :  of the highest quality, amount, or degree

  1. :  a commonly cylindrical or conoidal device that has a tapering point on which it is made to spin and that is used especially as a toy


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