top of the morning

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top of the morning

  1. (Ireland, New England, idiomatic, archaic) A generic greeting said to someone in the morning.

Usage notes[edit]

This term should be considered apocryphal of Irish speech and is a stereotype. While popularly used in the United States when imitating Irish people, or when celebrating one's Irish heritage (e.g. on St. Patrick's day), latter-day native Hiberno-English speakers would be unlikely to ever use this phrase. See Hollywood Irish.

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