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adjective [usually before noun]     top pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    at or on the highest part of something

    Our room is on the top floor.

    I can’t reach the top shelf of the closet.

    the top left-hand corner of the envelope

    top half:

    The top half of the wall came crashing down.

  2. 2
    highest in status, degree, or importance

    At top speed, these airplanes break the sound barrier.

    It’s one of the top business schools in the country.

    top prize:

    He won the top prize.

    a top player/scientist/student:

    He’s one of the top players in the league.

    top priority:

    Our top priority now is finding shelter for the flood victims.

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  3. 3
    British informal used about someone who you like very much

    She’s a top girl with a great sense of humor.




to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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