top and tail

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

top and tail (plural tops and tails)

  1. The top and bottom of something

Verb[edit]

  1. To add to the beginning and end of something, such as the salutation and valediction added to a letter
  2. To remove something from the top and bottom of an item, such as in preparing carrots for the pot
  3. (colloquial): To bathe a small child in a minimal way by wiping its face and bottom