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]

top and tail

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