VERBS be | come She came top in the exams.
PREP. in She was top in maths. | of He was top of his class.
1 highest part/surface of sth
ADJ. extreme, very We didn't climb to the very top of the mountain, but close enough. | cliff (also clifftop), hill (also hilltop), mountain (also mountaintop), roof (also rooftop), table, tree (also treetop)
PREP. at the ~, on ~ Each cake had a cherry on top. There was a vase on top of the bookcase. | to the ~
PHRASES from top to bottom I'm going to clean the house from top to bottom this weekend.
2 highest/most important rank/position
VERB + TOP get to, make it to, reach, rise to Few of the trainee footballers make it to the top. She rose to the top of her profession within ten years.
PREP. at the ~ The company has an unusually high proportion of young people at the top. | on ~, to the ~
PHRASES top of the agenda Pay was now (at the) top of the employees' agenda. | top of the class She was top of the class in maths.
3 cover that you put on sth in order to close it
VERB + TOP lever off, prise off, remove, take off, unscrew | put on, screw on
4 piece of clothing
ADJ. hooded, long-sleeved, sleeveless | baggy, loose | bikini, pyjama, tracksuit > Special page at CLOTHES