from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Chiefly British First-rate; excellent.
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- adj. Of very high quality, tip-top.
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- adj. excellent; best possible
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Every second word of his babble was "magnifique!" or "superbe!" or "merveilleux!" and once even "top-hole, I declare!", and I couldn't deny that it was.
Aye, she's always had the priceless gift of pleasing, has Elspeth, and making people laugh - for she's a damned funny woman when she wants to be, a top-hole mimic, and all the more engaging because she plainly hasn't got two brains to rub together.
Up there, on the top floor, was not only as dangerous a man as I'd ever met, but a top-hole shikari, a night-bird, a trained and skilful hunter who could catch the sound of grass growing.
OK, so Gordon is a bit of a duffer behind the podium, but I was shocked at how badly Osborne delivered his speech and did anyone buy that semi-official back-stage footage of Dave telling George what a top-hole performance he'd given - they take us for fools.
Warren promised to be there, assuring them that everything would go swimmingly and end up top-hole and ticketyboo.
"I-- I wasn't feeling top-hole," he murmured lamely, wondering why girls always wanted to go back and stir up dogs that had gone comfortably to sleep.
"Absolutely top-hole, I am sure, my dear; but supposing you let me know what it's all about?"
And if you cannot penetrate the strongholds of Devon county, it is not difficult to make acquaintance with her visitors, especially if your visiting card is a gilt edge security for future excursions and diversions done in top-hole style.
One of them I chose really to show my tailor, as it was a top-hole scheme for a winter waistcoat.
Just now Fran said 'poke fun' when she meant 'criticise,' and Roger says a thing is 'fine and dandy' when I should call it 'top-hole.'