top up

verb

Definition of top up 

transitive verb

British : to make up to the full quantity, capacity, or amount

intransitive verb

British : to replenish a supply

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top-up \ˈtäp-ˌəp \ noun British

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Plenty of people use the gig economy to top up income, rather than relying on it. The Economist, "The insecurity of freelance work," 14 June 2018 As long ago as 2010 FI capped mortgages at 85% of property values (some Swedes top up with unsecured loans). The Economist, "Giddy property prices are a test for Swedish policymakers," 21 June 2018 In a piece of white clothing, each detergent wash tops up the supply of fluorescent molecules. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "Behind Sparkling White Uniforms, an Optical Trick," 24 May 2018 Household incomes were topped up to cover the cost of living. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Who Really Stands to Win from Universal Basic Income?," 24 Mar. 2014 Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the president of Egypt, who won 92% of the vote in March, lets the police top up their salaries by robbing civilians. The Economist, "After decades of triumph, democracy is losing ground," 14 June 2018 When productivity-boosting strategies are not enough to do the trick, a government’s best option is to top up low pay as efficiently as possible. The Economist, "If wages are to rise, workers need more bargaining power," 31 May 2018 Taking the AirPods or Elite 65t with me on a trip forces me to bring an extra wire, whereas the Bullets can just be topped up with my Android phone’s charger. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus Bullets Wireless review: exceeding expectations," 21 May 2018 Forklift drivers and warehouse laborers don’t get paid the same rates as steelworkers, and in some cases, the local job agency has topped up wages to woo employees displaced by competition from China and India, according to Staake. Bloomberg.com, "Merkel’s Fourth Term Now Rides on Germany’s Changing Rust Belt," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of top up

1937, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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