One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1US Something that culminates a situation; a clincher.‘the topper was a late-evening interview with an old man who ran the place’
- ‘But the hike down turns out to be a real trip topper - not for the faint of heart, but an experience these hikers would never trade.’
- ‘Oh, and here's a topper: this particular chick is using a picture of me in such a way that it suggests it's a picture of HER.’
- ‘Then, the topper is that her shirt, once pulled back down, is wet and thus, see-through.’
2US A hard protective lightweight cover or shell mounted on the back or bed of a pickup truck.
- ‘The truck had a topper on the bed, and he locked the thing.’
- ‘Below is a picture of the garbage in question: A camouflage fishing boat (littered with empty beer bottles), the boat trailer and a truck topper perched on top if it.’
- ‘Ever notice how the rear door gasket of most toppers wears the paint off the tailgate?’
- ‘When I got the truck back from the topper installer, I noticed that the workers had made a bunch of dents when they stood on the gate to work on their install.’
- ‘It's not always easy to crawl around retrieving items from the bed of your truck, especially if it has a topper.’
- ‘It's especially important if you have a gooseneck hitch in the bed of the truck that you need to get to and likewise sometimes need the topper cover.’
- ‘Incidentally, the truck topper isn't designed for either of those pick-up trucks.’
- ‘A 2-inch link keeps the bracket below the top of the tailgate for pickups with toppers.’
- 2.1 A type of camper mounted on a truck bed.
- ‘Then there's a small fishing boat leaning against his garage and the unsightly fishing boat sitting on a trailer, with truck topper perched on it, on our property line.’
- ‘My goal will be to plant shrubs and grasses to not only provide cover for the deck posts but, if possible, be tall enough to block our view of Mr. Napper's fishing boat, trailer and truck topper.’
3informal A top hat.
- ‘Very few of them, no matter how poor, are bareheaded: the men wear flat caps, bowlers, straw boaters, trilbies, toppers, the women shawls or floral hats.’
- ‘A magician's black topper isn't the only hat Pipia wears in Port Townsend, Washington, though.’
- ‘Two toffs were promenading towards Knavesmire, attired in shiny toppers and spotless tails.’
- ‘A huge amount of work has gone on behind the scenes, to which we ought to doff our hat, whether it be a topper, a fascinator or a baseball cap.’
- ‘And let's make sure the ordinary regular punter is not sidelined by jolly boy once-a-year penguins in their toppers!’
- ‘The benefits to the city could well continue long after the fashionable hats, toppers, tailcoats and cut-glass accents have gone back to more familiar haunts further south.’
4British dated, informal An exceptionally good person or thing.
5US A woman's loose, short coat.
- ‘Armani finishes daytime looks with a smart, collarless topper somewhere between a jacket and a shirt with 3/4 length sleeves that lets a glimpse of skin peep through.’
- ‘The same goes for a velvet jacket - it's the perfect topper for any party dress and so cool with a tweed skirt for the office.’
- ‘Micro and mini shirts are dominant in the collection this season: satin mini dresses, pleated micro skirts and chiffon toppers are worn with a cloak in finished or simple wool warming the shoulders and a pom-pom hat.’
- ‘Show-stopping coats for men and women include the classic trench, the double-breasted topper, the pea coat or the down-filled puffer.’
- ‘You will dazzle them all in this bolero-like topper by Adam Jones with its fur trim, bell sleeves and silver buttons.’
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