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  • "'Plum?' he thought. 'How I should love a plum. But there are precious few left in the Mediterranean: can he be topping it the ironical comic?'

    --Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour, 103

    See also coming it and topping it the ironical comic.

    February 19, 2008

  • "'Why Jack,' said Dundas. 'You look distracted. What's afoot? And why are you running about in a round hat and those vile pantaloons? If the Admiral sees you he will put you under arrest for topping it the shopkeeper.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 52

    February 19, 2008