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See also: top hole


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top-hole (comparative more top-hole, superlative most top-hole)

  1. (chiefly Britain, informal) Of very high quality, tip-top.
    • 1914, H. H. Munro, chapter 5, in When William Came:
      "I say, this is a top-hole omelette," said Ronnie.
    • 1916, Kathleen Norris, chapter 1, in The Heart of Rachael:
      "But Carol's different—she's square, she is; she's just top-hole—if you know what I mean—she's the finest ever," finished Miss Sartoris.
    • 1921, Ralph Connor, chapter 1, in To Him That Hath:
      "My word, old chap, that is top-hole tennis," said the Englishman, warmly congratulating him.
    • 1927, H.T. Lowe-Porter (translator), chapter 6, in The Magic Mountain, page 528:
      "He was top-hole in his line, he would soon put it right.