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Definition of tops

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: topmost in quality, ability, popularity, or importance used predicatively is 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Rothrock is tops in Class 4A with 245 strikeouts, Henson is second with 195. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 17 May 2022 Pink, the smallest of the local salmon, arrive in August, but the Alaska Department of Fish and game closely monitors catches and, in many years, lowers the limits on King salmon, sometimes by August 1, so the second half of July is tops all around. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 5 July 2022 And bigger than any contract in A’s history by $102 million — Eric Chavez’s $66 million deal still is tops, signed way back in 2004. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Mar. 2022 Stephenson ranks fourth among National League catchers with 370,453 votes, which is tops among all Reds position players. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 21 June 2022 Receiptify is another feature that allows Spotify and Apple Music users to see their tops songs from the past month, past six months or all time. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 In the history of fictional literary detectives, British mystery writer Agatha Christie’s fussy Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot is tops on the list. Michelle F. Solomon, Sun Sentinel, 25 May 2022 Miller is tied for the American League lead with seven doubles and his 1.272 OPS is tops among players with at least 40 plate appearances. Joe Noga, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 On the girls’ side, Oak Mountain is No. 1 in Class 7A and Homewood is tops in 6A. al, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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“Tops.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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