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top-heavy

[top-hev-ee] /ˈtɒpˌhɛv i/
adjective
1.
having the top disproportionately heavy; liable to fall from too great weight above.
2.
relatively much heavier or larger above the center or waist than below:
a top-heavy wrestler.
3.
Finance.
  1. having a financial structure overburdened with securities that have priority in the payment of dividends.
  2. overcapitalized.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; top1 + heavy
Related forms
top-heavily, adverb
top-heaviness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for top heavily

top-heavy

adjective
1.
unstable or unbalanced through being overloaded at the top
2.
(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.
(of a business enterprise) having too many executives
Derived Forms
top-heavily, adverb
top-heaviness, noun
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Word Origin and History for top heavily

top-heavy

adj.

1530s, from top (n.1) + heavy.

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