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- n. Small rolls of dough, baked, cut in half, and browned in an oven, formerly used as food for infants.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Small rolls of dough, baked, cut in halves, and then browned in an oven, -- used as food for infants.
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And then Mrs. Granger thought of her baby, and wondered whether the atmosphere of Paris would be favourable to that rare and beauteous blossom; whether the tops-and-bottoms of the French capital would agree with his tender digestive machinery, and if the cowkeepers of the Faubourg St. Honoré were an honest and unadulterating race.
When tops-and-bottoms or rusks are used, the quantity of the egg may be reduced, or altogether omitted.
But when tops-and-bottoms, or the whole biscuit, are employed, they require soaking in cold water for some time previous to boiling.