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  1. 1
    covering someone or something

    His bike fell on top of him.

  2. 2
    in addition to something else

    On top of all his financial problems, his wife left him.

  3. 3
    in control of what is happening
    on top of things:

    I try to stay on top of things.

  4. 4
    very close to someone or something

    The truck was almost on top of me.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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