top out

  1. to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity
    That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929
    Bids for the painting topped out at $50 million
  2. provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)
    the towers were topped with conical roofs
  3. give up one's career just as one becomes very successful
    The financial consultant topped out at age 40 because he was burned out
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How To Use top out In A Sentence

  • As we took the top out of it I found a huge nest which is what I assume was the magpie house.
  • For inmates who have to pay them, 5% of their wages—which top out at $5.15 an hour, according to Mr. Fuller—are garnisheed for deposit into Nevada's victims-compensation fund. These Inmates Have License To Tool Around With Vintage Cars
  • If you choose to have a fountain in your water garden, place the control valve from the fountain assembly onto the top outlet of the pump.
  • He came to a stop outside a large metal door and punched in a few keys on the panel to his right.
  • Because continuing community college students are one of the most price-sensitive groups in higher education, they are more likely to stop out or drop out entirely when the cost of attending increases.
  • But behind the fixed smiles, observers reckon the pain has reached such top outlets too.
  • There was nowhere for the coach to stop outside the block containing a penthouse overlooking Hyde Park. Times, Sunday Times
  • Within minutes, we had turned off the main road, bumped along a narrow city street, and come to a stop outside a house.
  • One of our schedulers might top out at $21 an hour, while someone with the same job at Southwest makes $10 or $11 an hour.
  • It looks to top out at around $120 - $130 million in spite of hellacious competition.
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