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 for To top off
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Top \Top\, v. t.
     1. To cover on the top; to tip; to cap; -- chiefly used in
        the past participle.
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              Like moving mountains topped with snow. --Waller.
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              A mount
              Of alabaster, topped with golden spires. --Milton.
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     2. To rise above; to excel; to outgo; to surpass.
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              Topping all others in boasting.       --Shak.
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              Edmund the base shall top the legitimate. --Shak.
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     3. To rise to the top of; to go over the top of.
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              But wind about till thou hast topped the hill.
                                                    --Denham.
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     4. To take off the or upper part of; to crop.
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              Top your rose trees a little with your knife.
                                                    --Evelyn.
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     5. To perform eminently, or better than before.
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              From endeavoring universally to top their parts,
              they will go universally beyond them. --Jeffrey.
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     6. (Naut.) To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end
        becomes higher than the other.
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     7. (Dyeing) To cover with another dye; as, to top aniline
        black with methyl violet to prevent greening and crocking.
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     8. To put a stiffening piece or back on (a saw blade).
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     9. To arrange, as fruit, with the best on top. [Cant]
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     10. To strike the top of, as a wall, with the hind feet, in
         jumping, so as to gain new impetus; -- said of a horse.
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     11. To improve (domestic animals, esp. sheep) by crossing
         certain individuals or breeds with other superior.
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     12. (Naut.) To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end
         becomes higher than the other.
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     13. To cut, break, or otherwise take off the top of (a steel
         ingot) to remove unsound metal.
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     14. (Golf) To strike (the ball) above the center; also, to
         make (as a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way.
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     To top off,
         (a) to complete by putting on, or finishing, the top or
             uppermost part of; as, to top off a stack of hay;
             hence, to complete; to finish; to adorn.
         (b) to completely fill (an almost full tank) by adding
             more of the liquid it already contains.
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