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Definition of tops

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: topmost in quality, ability, popularity, or importance used predicativelyis tops in his field



Definition of tops (Entry 2 of 2)

: at the very most will cost $50, tops

Examples of tops in a Sentence

Adjective He is tops in his field. You're tops in my book! Adverb It takes me 15 minutes tops to do the dishes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The flip side of leading the majors in strikeouts: Oakland is also tops in walks, with 103. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Matt Chapman on high strikeout totals: ‘We have the best record in the AL’," 20 Aug. 2020 The spin rate on his four-seam fastball is 2,801 revolutions per minute, which is tops in the Majors. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Nightengale: 20 thoughts on the Cincinnati Reds' first 20 games of the season," 18 Aug. 2020 And Graves’ game stacks up well for a team that is plus-41 in goal-differential, which is tops in the Western Conference and third in the NHL behind Boston (plus-45) and Tampa Bay (plus-47). Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "What’s up with the NHL’s plus rating? The Avs’ Ryan Graves has the biggest plus," 9 Feb. 2020 In The Daily Meal’s list of the best burger in every state, Dallas haunt Maple & Motor is tops in Texas. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Dallas burger joint Maple & Motor named best in Texas," 30 July 2020 Queen Elizabeth II is still tops in President Donald Trump's estimation, judging from their latest exchange. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "President Trump has a chummy July 4 chat with the queen as his calls to world leaders come under fire," 1 July 2020 His yardage total ranked third in the SEC last season and is tops among returning players in the league. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Mississippi State’s Kylin Hill: ‘I won’t be representing this state’ until flag changes," 22 June 2020 One bite of a Tops pork shoulder sandwich (the jumbo is less than $5) explains why more than a dozen Tops locations thrive in metro Memphis. Ardie A. Davis, kansascity.com, "Memphis in May barbecue contest sets off culinary excursion," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of tops


1935, in the meaning defined above


1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tops


plural of top entry 1

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“Tops.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tops. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tops

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : highest in quality, ability, popularity, or importance



English Language Learners Definition of tops (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : at the very most

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