Definition of top-heavy in English:

top-heavy

Syllabification: top-heav·y

adjective

  • 1Disproportionately heavy at the top so as to be in danger of toppling.
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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.
  • 1.1(Of an organization) having a disproportionately large number of people in senior administrative positions.
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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.
  • 1.2 informal (Of a woman) having a disproportionately large bust.
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    • I opened the door and the two of them were either side of a stocky young top-heavy woman who bore an uncanny, slightly skewed resemblance to Samantha.
    • She's a top-heavy temptress whose well-enhanced front end gets the lion's share of the amorous attention.
    • A top-heavy nurse in cricket pads and dangling overhead light pack struggles to aim a fire breathing generator in a duel with a whip-cracking foreman.

Derivatives

top-heavily

adverb
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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.

top-heaviness

noun
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  • 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.

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