Definition of on top in US English:

on top


  • 1On the highest point or uppermost surface.

    ‘a hill with a flat rock 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the middle there was a tall and slender rock with something black on top.’
    • ‘Cover the pastry discs with baking parchment and place another flat heavy baking sheet 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.’
    • ‘There are fewer and fewer trees up here, none on top, nothing but rock, and that makes it more attractive to lightning.’
    1. 1.1 On the upper part of the head.
      ‘my hair's thinning on top’
      • ‘He is 6ft 2in tall, of average build and has dark blond to ginger-coloured hair, worn long on top and brushed back.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Men who may be thinning on top should definitely wear a hat; after all not many of us (men or women) suncream our heads.’
      • ‘Female-pattern baldness usually becomes noticeable after the menopause; the hair on top tends to thin first.’
      • ‘He was unshaven and had short brown hair, gelled on top, brown eyes and wore a black jacket.’
      • ‘What's more, it's not just presidents, but presidential candidates who seem to retain a bit of thatch on top.’
      • ‘The man has short dark hair which is thinning on top and wore a dark jacket which is possibly imitation leather.’
      • ‘Shane was a serious sort of young man with close-set eyes and a curly pageboy cut that was already thinning on top.’
      • ‘He was a tall man, with light brown hair that was thinning on top.’
      • ‘He has dark hair which is short on top but with long sideburns.’
  • 2In a leading or the dominant position.

    ‘his party came out on top in last month's elections’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But even if that had happened, the polls suggest that it is unlikely that the anti-war position would have come out on top.’
    • ‘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 next 20 minutes saw Athy begin to dominate the scrums but Ross were well on top in the line-out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He can't decide where he stands on the war because he's not really sure which position will put him on top.’
    • ‘It is the time to make concessions when you are on top, and we are on top.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘White men still come out on top, with London dominating the awards.’
    • ‘The Barrowsiders began to get on top with Willie Power and Keith Hession dominating midfield.’