from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical: The lining on the after part of the topsail, to prevent the top-rim from chafing the topsail.
  • n. A platform of thin board nailed upon the upper part of the crosstrees on a vessel's top.


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  • Jane Fonda hasn't been there for 46 years: She'll be top-lining playwright Moisés Kaufman's "33 Variations," about a Beethoven scholar, for a 15-week run.

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  • Pancho's decision is the peg on which the family peace hangs, though it doesn't take a valedictorian to guess which way he goes, judging from which star is top-lining the show.

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  • And certainly, you know, the women who are top-lining this movie, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, are all -- they just know exactly what they're doing, they're fun to look at, they have a good time with the movie.

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  • It's '58 again -- I'm an accordionist/singer top-lining a "B" flick for chump change.

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  • Still, Judge Dredd represents his first shot at top-lining as a beloved comic book character, and one he happens to be a fan of as well.

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  • And "Dream House" co-star Naomi Watts is in Thailand top-lining the tsunami disaster movie

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  • From the director of Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh and Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon, and top-lining Siddharth Narayan (of Rang De Basanti fame), Striker is the story of a carrom player who grows up on the fringes of a criminal existence but does not succumb to it.

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  • He's top-lining that unnecessary Death at a Funeral remake and for his next trick he's remaking a French comedy called La premiere etoile (which translates to The First Star).

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  • At a handsomely priced private dining space in top-lining restaurants, you don't need to whisper your sweet nothings

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  • Now we know the 'Avengers' movie is supposed to include Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor and Ant Man, each of which character is or will be top-lining its own movie before '

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