Definition of on top in English:

on top


  • 1On the highest point or uppermost surface.

    ‘a woollen hat with a bobble on top’
    • ‘In the middle there was a tall and slender rock with something black on top.’
    • ‘The hill is fairly flat on top; in fact a Lancaster bomber once famously landed here during the Second World War.’
    • ‘The bank is splendid, open, flat on top and with ace views from each slope.’
    • ‘Towards the back was a mahogany desk with a flat panel computer on top.’
    • ‘I sighed and lay flat on my stomach on top or my bed.’
    • ‘At one stage the girls jumped back into the water and actually dragged the boat for 50 yards to rocks with me on top.’
    • ‘Sprinkle the chopped rosemary over the surface of the caramel, then slice the bananas on top.’
    • ‘The small hall will have a flat roof with plants on top to add colour and vitality to the view of the building from the road.’
    • ‘There are fewer and fewer trees up here, none on top, nothing but rock, and that makes it more attractive to lightning.’
    • ‘Cover the pastry discs with baking parchment and place another flat heavy baking sheet on top.’
    1. 1.1 On the upper part of the head.
      ‘Graeme's going a bit thin on top’
      • ‘What's more, it's not just presidents, but presidential candidates who seem to retain a bit of thatch on top.’
      • ‘He was a tall man, with light brown hair that was thinning on top.’
      • ‘Shane was a serious sort of young man with close-set eyes and a curly pageboy cut that was already thinning on top.’
      • ‘He has dark hair which is short on top but with long sideburns.’
      • ‘Female-pattern baldness usually becomes noticeable after the menopause; the hair on top tends to thin first.’
      • ‘The man has short dark hair which is thinning on top and wore a dark jacket which is possibly imitation leather.’
      • ‘He is 6ft 2in tall, of average build and has dark blond to ginger-coloured hair, worn long on top and brushed back.’
      • ‘Men who may be thinning on top should definitely wear a hat; after all not many of us (men or women) suncream our heads.’
      • ‘He was unshaven and had short brown hair, gelled on top, brown eyes and wore a black jacket.’
      • ‘She had short, mid-brown hair, spiky on top, and was wearing a smart black skirt suit and carrying a black soft zip-top briefcase.’
    2. 1.2 So as to cover; over.
      ‘she put on a grey raincoat on top’
      • ‘I had a thin thermal underneath with this jacket on top.’
      • ‘All those fabulous summer tank tops you own are good through November with a simple cardigan on top.’
  • 2In a leading or the dominant position.

    ‘United were on top for most of the first half’
    • ‘However, as one would expect from a team with ambitions of promotion, Athy were on top in all aspects of play and dominated Stillorgan throughout.’
    • ‘The Barrowsiders began to get on top with Willie Power and Keith Hession dominating midfield.’
    • ‘It was another low scoring game with defences on both sides dominating but it was Longford who got on top in the second quarter.’
    • ‘The results have made little impact on the top of the table with Peter Flynn still on top with 55 pts closely followed by Paul Walsh on 51.’
    • ‘This was the wake-up call for the Castledermot side and they began to dominate with Brendan Kelly and Brian Byrne coming out on top in mid-field.’
    • ‘But even if that had happened, the polls suggest that it is unlikely that the anti-war position would have come out on top.’
    • ‘White men still come out on top, with London dominating the awards.’
    • ‘The next 20 minutes saw Athy begin to dominate the scrums but Ross were well on top in the line-out.’
    • ‘It is the time to make concessions when you are on top, and we are on top.’
    • ‘He can't decide where he stands on the war because he's not really sure which position will put him on top.’
  • 3In addition.

    ‘the price was £75, with VAT on top’
    • ‘The Law Society is currently dealing with a raft of complaints about solicitors who charged miners an additional fee on top.’
    • ‘This means that the sessions are much cheaper, without the added accommodation costs on top, and are now open to children from families who might have been unable to spare the cash for a full visit.’
    • ‘But adept insurance salespeople will try and sell you all kinds of extra insurance on top.’
    • ‘Charities cannot afford these extra costs on top.’
    • ‘We estimated that an extension with a new kitchen and two extra bedrooms could be built for the stamp duty money with a little extra on top.’
    • ‘If you are in a company pension scheme you can supplement this by making AVCs (Additional Voluntary Contributions) on top.’
    • ‘However, this is rarely as comprehensive as that supplied by the NHS, so involves extra costs on top.’
    • ‘As an extra sweetener, investors who plump for the cash in March will get an extra 5p per share on top.’