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adj. top-heav·i·er, top-heav·i·est
1. Likely to topple because of an uneven distribution of weight, with the majority being at the top.
2. Accounting Overcapitalized.
3. Having a disproportionately large number of administrators.

top′-heav′i·ness n.
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1. unstable or unbalanced through being overloaded at the top
2. (Banking & Finance) finance (of an enterprise or its capital structure) characterized by or containing too much debt capital in relation to revenue or profit so that too little is left over for dividend distributions; overcapitalized
3. (Commerce) (of a business enterprise) having too many executives
ˌtop-ˈheavily adv
ˌtop-ˈheaviness n
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1. having the top disproportionately heavy or large.
2. (of an organization) having a disproportionately large number of people in the upper ranks.
3. (of a company) having a financial structure overburdened with dividend-paying securities; overcapitalized.
top′-heav`ily, adv.
top′-heav`iness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - unstable by being overloaded at the toptop-heavy - unstable by being overloaded at the top
unstable - lacking stability or fixity or firmness; "unstable political conditions"; "the tower proved to be unstable in the high wind"; "an unstable world economy"
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[ˌtɒpˈhevɪ] ADJ (lit) → demasiado pesado en la parte superior (fig) the army was top-heavy with officersel ejército tenía demasiados oficiales
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[ˌtɒpˈhɛvɪ] adj (structure) → con la parte superiore troppo pesante
this company is top-heavy (fig) → ci sono troppi dirigenti in questa società
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(top) noun
1. the highest part of anything. the top of the hill; the top of her head; The book is on the top shelf.
2. the position of the cleverest in a class etc. He's at the top of the class.
3. the upper surface. the table-top.
4. a lid. I've lost the top to this jar; a bottle-top.
5. a (woman's) garment for the upper half of the body; a blouse, sweater etc. I bought a new skirt and top.
having gained the most marks, points etc, eg in a school class. He's top (of the class) again.
verbpast tense, past participle topped
1. to cover on the top. She topped the cake with cream.
2. to rise above; to surpass. Our exports have topped $100,000.
3. to remove the top of.
ˈtopless adjective
1. having no top.
2. very high.
ˈtopping noun
something that forms a covering on top of something, especially food. a tart with a topping of cream.
top hat (ˈtopə) abbreviation ( topper )
a man's tall hat, worn as formal dress.
ˌtop-ˈheavy adjective
having the upper part too heavy for the lower. That pile of books is top-heavy – it'll fall over!
ˌtop-ˈsecret adjective
very secret.
at the top of one's voice
very loudly. They were shouting at the top(s) of their voices.
be/feel etc on top of the world
to feel very well and happy. She's on top of the world – she's just got engaged to be married.
from top to bottom
completely. They've painted the house from top to bottom.
the top of the ladder/tree
the highest point in one's profession.
top up
to fill (a cup etc that has been partly emptied) to the top. Let me top up your glass/drink.
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