Definition of top copy in English:

top copy

noun

  • The original typed or handwritten copy of a letter or document of which carbon copies have been made.

    • ‘The goods were there, glowing slightly, and one or two hands made a grab for the top copies.’
    • ‘So when you put those ads up there in what used to be the top copy spot, be aware - it's clutter, and advertising where it doesn't belong, plain and simple.’
    • ‘Dashed lines joining the two gene duplicates indicate the potential intron loss in the bottom copy relative to the top copy.’
    • ‘On 16 December 1998 the Club's London office sent to Dolphin Maritime Services Ltd, the agents for the cargo interests, a signed top copy of the LOU.’
    • ‘I sign the receipt and give her the top copy, along with the pen.’
    • ‘When staff were again busy he would tear the top copy off and drop the carbon copy over the counter.’
    • ‘When staff were busy again he would drop it back over the counter and come back with the top copy to claim his cash, calmly telling staff: ‘I think I have a winner.’’
    • ‘In subsequent exams those candidates had to make carbon copies of the answers and the top copy only was sent overseas.’
    • ‘So, if the post or the publisher lost the top copy of your ms, you were back to square one.’
    • ‘In addition, by this time the top copy and the file copy of the referral letter, and the envelope addressed to Morriston Hospital, had been placed in the file and were included in the file as sent for the record.’
    • ‘When staff were again busy he would drop it back over the counter and come back with the top copy to claim his winnings.’
    • ‘Where an exact-copy replication process is used, i.e. ‘Xeroxing or from a carbon paper’, it is generally unnecessary to compare the original or top copy with the copies: R. v.’
    • ‘Eric did not want the top copy of the credit card slip so I took it and said to him: ‘I'm very, very sorry, but would you mind signing your autograph for me?’’
    • ‘I'll be back from Kansas next Wednesday morning, so no excuse not to send in some top copy from the novice weekend or any other caving exploits.’
    • ‘Irving has attempted, without success, to obtain the top copy from the US National Archives.’
    • ‘Only the face of the ECPO was faxed, but the whole top copy was sent by post thereafter marked ‘Order Confirmation’.’