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1‘a small bottle with a white plastic cap’
lid, top, stopper, cork, bung, spile
North American stopple
2‘school leavers in cap and gown’
mortar board, academic cap
dated trencher, trencher cap, square
3‘he raised the cap on local authority spending’
limit, upper limit, ceiling
1‘mountains capped with snow’
cover, coat, blanket, mantle
2‘his innings capped a great day for the Australians’
round off, crown, be a fitting climax to, put the finishing touch to, put the finishing touches to, perfect, complete
3‘they tried to cap each other's stories’
beat, better, surpass, outdo, outshine, trump, top, upstage
improve on, go one better than
4‘he was capped 22 times for England’
choose, select, pick, include
informal give someone the nod
5‘council budgets will be capped’
set a limit on, put a ceiling on, limit, restrict, keep within bounds
curb, control, peg
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