top billing


Definition of top billing

1 : prominent emphasis, featuring, or advertising
2 : the position at the top of a theatrical bill usually featuring the star's name

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Examples of top billing in a Sentence

despite being of epic proportions, the African famine rarely received top billing in the American press

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Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, shares top billing with Future. Chuck Yarborough,, "Los Lobos and rappers Future and Meek Mill top this week’s Also Playing," 27 Aug. 2019 But this year three veterans, Paul Schrader, Barbara Kopple, and Bruce Greenwood, share top billing. Loren King,, "Up to Middlebury, back to World War I," 15 Aug. 2019 The Ducks entered last year with CJ Verdell splitting the top billing as a redshirt-freshman with senior Tony Brooks-James and ended up with Verdell topping 1,000 yards rushing and 300 receiving yards, one of just two FBS backs to hit both mark., "Oregon running backs 'light years ahead’ compared to 2018," 11 Aug. 2019 Tony Finau enters this weekend’s 3M Open as one of the tournament’s top billings. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Tony Finau at 3M Open: ‘You guys are so nice out here’," 2 July 2019 Indeed, Trump seemed intent on reminding both foreign leaders and the media that his show still garners top billing. Josh Lederman, NBC News, "As Democrats debate, for once it's not all about Trump," 28 June 2019 Modern masters like John Galliano and Marc Jacobs all have top billing, but so do newer voices like Vaquera and Tomo Koizumi, who only showed his first runway show just last season in New York. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Why the 2019 Met Gala is Going to be More Over the Top Than Ever," 6 May 2019 Instead, the skyscraper’s premier Manhattan address — One Central Park West — would get top billing for the residences, while the Trumps would continue to manage the property and keep their name on signs for the hotel. Ben Protess, New York Times, "Trump’s Signature New York Hotel and the Art of the Compromise," 25 Aug. 2019 By law, bond measures get top billing on San Francisco ballots, followed by proposed Charter Amendments and then ordinance proposals. Dominic Fracassa,, "Election 2019: Here are all of San Francisco’s November ballot measures," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of top billing

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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