from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • (Building) To top off; to finish by putting on a cap of top (uppermost) course (called a top`ping-out" course).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive to reach one's highest point
  • verb intransitive to quit one's career while at a successful time.
  • verb to complete construction of a tall building

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb give up one's career just as one becomes very successful
  • verb to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity
  • verb provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)


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  • In Arco, she was the only climber, of any age, to top out (i.e., reach the top) on the four bouldering problems—three of them on the first try.

    The Most Talented Climber in the World? Condé Nast 2016


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