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: most featured or prominently advertised : leading
… its oldest top-line act, the Rolling Stones, has long been taken as a symbol of the excesses of rock's nightmare side.Ethan Mordden
: of the highest quality, level, or degree : top-of-the-line
The lauded ladies received top-line Southern hospitality …Tim Allis
The new chips may well make moderately priced workhorse computers—the type many people buy—perform more like today's top-line models.Consumer Reports
business : relating to or concerned with gross sales or revenue
For real value creation, the merged company has to produce top-line growth and better margins through superior offerings to customers.Geoffrey Colvin

top line

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variants or less commonly topline
plural top lines also toplines
business : the line at the top of a financial report that shows gross sales or revenue before the deduction of expenses or losses
The top line is weak, with a meager 0.3% sales gain last year, to $669 million, which doesn't even keep up with inflation.Jack Gage
When I first started writing about business, earnings stories focused on two numbers: sales (the top line on a company's income statement) and net income (the bottom line, after deducting all expenses including taxes).Kathleen Pender
compare bottom line sense 2a
usually topline : the outline of the top of the body of an animal (such as a dog or horse)
A long-legged, long-moving individual with long topline is considered the optimum type for the horse show.Linda Connors

Examples of top-line in a Sentence

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In its second year, the Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+, the top-line electric sport utility vehicle, has improved from its strong debut. James Raia, The Mercury News, 7 July 2024 Despite Meyers’ growth as a top-line winger in the minors, his NHL game is tuned for maximum effort in short spurts. Andrew Knoll, Orange County Register, 3 July 2024 Both top-line numbers show Trump taking a larger share of the popular vote than in either of the previous two presidential elections. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 27 June 2024 One top-line treatment might be hormonal birth control to manage both hormones and heavy bleeding. Sandra Rose Salathe, Flow Space, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for top-line 

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Word History

First Known Use


1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1869, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of top-line was in 1869

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“Top-line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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