Definition of top-heavy in English:

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Pronunciation: /tɒpˈhɛvi/


1Disproportionately heavy at the top so as to be in danger of toppling: double-decker carriages proved to be unsafe and top-heavy
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  • Jenssen's placement of thin, spiderweblike shapes beneath heavier bodies of color gives these works a top-heavy feel, as if they risk collapsing beneath their own weight.
  • Eventually that dense tangle will get worse, causing a top-heavy tree that can break under heavy snow or in high wind.
  • The country in Yuba, Wisconsin is extremely hilly (it's close to the Mississippi side), and the tobacco tractor had a very high wheel base, making it too top-heavy to use on inclines.
2(Of an organization) having a disproportionately large number of senior administrative staff: a top-heavy bureaucracy
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  • The police do a difficult job, and, generally, they do it well, despite their constant battles with top-heavy administration, resource shortfalls, and lack of staff.
  • Early retirement as a trend hit Ireland during the 1990s when it became popular with employers seeking to restructure top-heavy organisations and draft in younger employees at a lower cost and on a less committed contractual basis.
  • Corruption and top-heavy bureaucracy have deterred many foreign investors, and there is scant prospect of a clean-out while the government remains seemingly opposed to reform of the legal system.



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  • Bulking top-heavily upright, it loomed over the viewer like Rodin's Balzac in a pose that seems deliberately - almost comically - aggressive.
  • It was so crazily thin and elongated in the leg, so top-heavily pouted in the chest, such stalky, flexible-looking distortions of early bipeds… like something seen in one of those comic mirrors.
  • Not too top-heavily and very rhythmically and cleverly elaborated passages grab you and with the oriental touch BEFORE EDEN sound quite independent.


Example sentences
  • In order for the surgery to be covered, the insurance company needed photographic evidence of my top-heaviness.
  • Calling the tendency toward top-heaviness predictable in organizational behavior may be an exaggeration.
  • The weight of this concrete was probably well over 14 tons and only added to the top-heaviness of the vessel.

Words that rhyme with top-heavy

bevvy, bevy, Chevy, heavy, levee, Levi, levy

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