- 1 1.1 (highest part)parte (feminine) superior or de arriba(of tree)(of page)parte (feminine) superior(of head)(of wave)from top to bottom from top to toehe was standing at the top of the ladder/stairsde pies a cabezaa room at the top of the houseestaba en lo alto de la escalerahis name is at the top of the listuna habitación en el último pisohe jumped from the top of the buildingsu nombre es el primero de la lista or encabeza la listaat the top of one's voicese tiró desde el último piso ( or la azotea etc) del edificiooff the top of one's headI can't think of any of them off the top of my heada voz en cuello or en gritoa grito pelado [colloquial]talking off the top of my head I'd say between 5,000 and 6,000no se me ocurre ninguno en este momentoto be at the top of the treea ojo de buen cubero te diría que entre 5.000 y 6.0001.2estar en la cúspide(British English) (of bed, table)(of road)Example sentences1.3 (highest rank, position) See examples: he's/she's top of the class
she came top of the class in Englishes el primero/la primera de la claseour team reached the top of the leaguesacó la mejor nota de la clase en ingléstheir record is (at the) top of the chartsnuestro equipo se colocó a la cabeza de la ligahe worked his way to the topsu disco es el número uno de la lista de éxitosthere are going to be changes at the topse abrió camino hasta la cima de su profesiónva a haber cambios en los estratos más altos
- I looked up towards the top of the road and saw a silver Mercedes haring down.
- Even worse, because it is a wide pavement they will use this and drive straight up to the top of the road irrespective of pedestrians.
- Apparently someone out there beyond the top of Morningside Road wants to demutualise the whole thing.
- 2 2.1 (upper part) See examples: the table has a marble topthe top of the milk (British English)el tablero de la mesa es de mármol(crema que se acumula en el cuello de la botella de leche)I get 25% off the top (American English) [colloquial]to float/rise to the topme llevo el 25% de los beneficios brutoshe's very pleasant, but he hasn't got much up top [colloquial]salir a la superficie2.2 (rim, edge) fill the glass to the very topes muy agradable, pero un poco corto de luces [colloquial]she peered at me over the top of her glassesllena el vaso hasta el bordeme miró por encima de los anteojosExample sentences2.3 (Clothing)a blue top to match the skirt
the bikini topuna blusa ( or un suéter or un top etc) que haga juego con la faldathe dress has a patterned topla parte de arriba del bikiniel cuerpo del vestido es estampadoExample sentences2.4 (of carrots etc)
- I feel a few gentle taps on the top of my head, and look up to see a man looking down at me.
- The redhead was more composed, sitting cross-legged in a way that only just allowed the kilt to cover the tops of her thighs, hands in her lap to prevent me getting a better view.
- He tugged his hat down, covering the tops of his ears and his eyebrows.
hojas (feminine plural)(of green beans etc)Example sentences
- They were both wearing short skirts and halter tops.
- Every body shape imaginable was squeezed into super short skirts and super tight tops with plunging necklines.
- Jersey makes a big comeback this season in tops, skirts and trousers.
- Be sure to pinch back the flowering tops of basil plants to keep them from going to seed too early in the season.
- Marijuana or marihuana is a drug obtained from the flowering tops, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant (cannabis sativa).
- When the tops of the carrots grow thicker, thin them to about two to three inches apart.
- 3on top (as adverb) take the one on topwith a cherry on toptoma el/la de encima or arribathere's VAT on topcon una cereza encima or arribahe can't stay on top for everademás or encima hay que agregarle el IVAhe's getting a bit thin on top [colloquial]no puede ser siempre el primeroto come out on topse está quedando calvo or (Central America) (Mexico) [colloquial] pelón or (Southern Cone) [colloquial] pelado
- 4on top of (as preposition) on top of the pianothe chalet is built on top of a hillencima del pianothe tent collapsed on top of usel chalet está en la cima or en lo alto de una colinayou don't see it until it's right on top of youla tienda se nos cayó encimawe'd be living right on top of each otheruno no lo ve hasta que no lo tiene encimaon top of this you have to pay …acabaríamos los unos encima de los otrosviviríamos todos amontonadosit's just been one thing on top of anotherademás or encima tienes que pagar …he's always on top of his workha sido una cosa detrás de otra or una cosa tras otraI feel more on top of things nowsiempre tiene el trabajo al díathey finally managed to get on top of the situationahora me siento más segurodon't let things get on top of youal final consiguieron controlar la situaciónto feel on top of the worldno dejes que las preocupaciones te abrumenand on top of it all o on top of all that, she lost her jobestar contentísimoy encima or para colmo or como si esto fuera poco, se quedó sin trabajo
- 5over the top 5.1 (exaggerated) [colloquial]the costumes were way over the topI feel she went rather over the top in her recommendationslos trajes eran una exageración5.2 (before noun) over-the-topcreo que se pasó un poco con sus consejos [colloquial](outfit)Example sentences
- Results from Vodafone's mobile phone recycling scheme show that Sligo and Cork are tops when it comes to mobile phone recycling.
- Cork Harlequins are rated tops in the country for they have a sweet balance of skill and power in their team.
- 6 6.1 (cover, cap — of jar, box)(— of bottle)to blow one's top [colloquial]6.2 (car roof)ponerse como una fiera [colloquial]Example sentences
- Beer bottle tops will do nicely, if you can't bring yourself to use your Royal College cuff links or the earrings you bought on your most recent trip to Monte Carlo.
- Stopper corks with plastic tops are used for some wines, particularly fortified wines and some sweet wines, a single bottle of which may be consumed over an extended period.
- He opened his own can with a hiss of escaping gas as Crystal removed the top of her water bottle.
adjective (before noun)
- 1 1.1 (uppermost)(blanket/card)(step)the top shelf/drawershe lives on the top floorel estante/cajón de arribathe top left-hand corner of the pagevive en el último pisoI'll do the top coat tomorrowla esquina superior izquierda de la páginashe couldn't reach top Cmañana le doy la última mano1.2 (maximum) top gear (British English) (Cars)no pudo dar el do de pechoExample sentences
- Early release is being re-examined by the Executive as a top priority.
- The county's ambulance service has been ranked among the top performers in the speed of its response to patients.
- Those in top positions tend to fear that statements made on television on the spur of the moment may land them in the dock.
- 2 2.1 (best) See examples: to be top qualitythe service is top classser de primera calidadthe top end of the marketel servicio es de primera2.2 (in ranked order) See examples: our top priority is …los sectores de mayor poder adquisitivothe Top 40 (Music)nuestra prioridad absoluta es …(los 40 discos más vendidos)2.3 (leading) See examples: among the top scientists≈ los 40 principales(en Esp)the top jobsentre los científicos más destacadosthe top salarieslos mejores puestos2.4 (senior) See examples: he's in top managementlos sueldos más altosa top official she has a top post at the embassyes un alto ejecutivothe top table (British English)tiene un cargo importante en la embajadala mesa principal
transitive verb -pp-
- 1 1.1 (exceed) unemployment topped the 3 million mark1.2 (surpass)el índice de desempleo superó or rebasó los 3 millones(offer/achievement)to top it alland to top it all, he forgot the ticketspara coronarlopara colmothe Tigers topped the Mariners 6-2 (American English)y para coronarlo or para colmo or (más) encima se olvidó de las entradaslos Tigers se impusieron a los Mariners por 6 a 2Example sentences
- There are some examples of child actors who manage to stay in movies as adults, sometimes even topping their early achievements.
- Jim of Automotive News narrowly topped Anthony Rowley of the Singapore Business Times in a close race.
- The question of how Rafa Benitez can ever top this achievement can be left for another day.
- Quarterly figures, published yesterday, show that for the first time, discrimination claims on race grounds topped the number of gender discrimination claims.
- In the third quarter, the number of unemployed topped the record level of 1991, when huge numbers of immigrants from the former Soviet Union came to Israel.
- With the way the economy is going now, we hope to top those numbers but that remains to be seen.
- 2 2.1 (head)(list/league)she's topping the bill2.2 (reach summit of)encabeza el reparto(hill/mountain)llegar a la cima deExample sentences
- We topped a hill, and another, until we were on a steep north-facing slope that dropped off to the Yellowstone River.
- I was still winning as we topped the hill and headed down.
- We were doing about 45 miles per hour when we topped that hill and saw a 2-ton truck 30 feet in front of us.
- Recent mainstream media polls show issues such as health and rural matters topping the list of public concerns about the performance of the government.
- Quitting smoking tops the wish list for New Year resolutions and Swindon Primary Care Trust is working hard to help people turn their smoke-free dreams into a reality.
- He was elected an alderman of Limerick City Council in the 1999 local elections when he topped the poll with over 900 votes in Ward 3.
- 3 (cover) topped with chocolate/cheesecon chocolate/queso por encimaExample sentences
- Tomorrow, that brick wall might be topped with razor wire, and those privacy screens might all be made illegal in the name of National Security.
- Some changes are small: in some schools, pizza is now topped with low-fat cheese and French fries are baked, not fried.
- Down the driveway, high electronic gates protect the building and the pale grey walls are topped with rolled razor wire.
reflexive verb -pp-to top oneself
- 1 (surpass oneself)(American English) [colloquial]superarseExample sentences
- Al will play a detective who accidentally tops his partner during a murder investigation and is then blackmailed by the killer.
- ‘I don't know how to say this, other than I think she topped him,’ says a doctor.
- The killer gets away and Dormer lets the assumption stand that the brutal murderer also topped his partner.
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