Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective First-rate; excellent.

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  • adjective chiefly UK, informal Of very high quality, tip-top.

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  • adjective excellent; best possible

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Examples

  • 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.

    Watershed

  • 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.

    Watershed

  • 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.

    Watershed

  • 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.

    David Cameron vs. the Treasury

  • Warren promised to be there, assuring them that everything would go swimmingly and end up top-hole and ticketyboo.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • 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.

    Flashman And The Tiger

  • 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.

    Flashman And The Tiger

  • 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.

    Flashman And The Tiger

  • "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.

    The Fortieth Door

  • "Absolutely top-hole, I am sure, my dear; but supposing you let me know what it's all about?"

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, April 2, 1919

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