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Definition of on top in English:

1On the highest point or uppermost surface: a woollen hat with a bobble on top
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  • At one stage the girls jumped back into the water and actually dragged the boat for 50 yards to rocks with me on top.
  • There are fewer and fewer trees up here, none on top, nothing but rock, and that makes it more attractive to lightning.
  • In the middle there was a tall and slender rock with something black on top.
1.1On the upper part of the head: Graeme’s going a bit thin on top
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  • The man has short dark hair which is thinning on top and wore a dark jacket which is possibly imitation leather.
  • He was a tall man, with light brown hair that was thinning on top.
  • Female-pattern baldness usually becomes noticeable after the menopause; the hair on top tends to thin first.
1.2So as to cover; over: she put on a grey raincoat on top
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  • All those fabulous summer tank tops you own are good through November with a simple cardigan on top.
  • I had a thin thermal underneath with this jacket on top.
2In a leading or the dominant position: United were on top for most of the first half
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  • He can't decide where he stands on the war because he's not really sure which position will put him on top.
  • White men still come out on top, with London dominating the awards.
  • But even if that had happened, the polls suggest that it is unlikely that the anti-war position would have come out on top.
3In addition: the price was £75, with VAT on top
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  • If you are in a company pension scheme you can supplement this by making AVCs (Additional Voluntary Contributions) on top.
  • The Law Society is currently dealing with a raft of complaints about solicitors who charged miners an additional fee on top.
  • Charities cannot afford these extra costs on top.
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