top and tail

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top and tail (plural tops and tails)

  1. The top and bottom of something


  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