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Top, vb. 1) to rise above, to surpass: “--ing all others in boasting,” Cor. II, 1, 23. “a devil more damned in evils to t. Macbeth,” Mcb. IV, 3, 57. “so far he --ed my thought,” Hml. IV, 7, 89 (Ff past). “would make much more and t. extremity,” Lr. V, 3, 207. In Lr. I, 2, 21 most M. Edd. Edmund the base shall t. the legitimate; Ff to', Qq tooth'; some M. Edd. toe, a pretended provincialism, == to pluck up by the root.
2) to crop, to lop: “like to groves, being --ed, they higher rise,” Per. I, 4, 9.
3) to tup, to cover, to copulate with: “would you . . . behold her --ed?” Oth. III, 3, 396. “Cassio did t. her,” V, 2, 136 (some M. Edd. tup).
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