tope

tope

1 [tohp]
verb (used without object), toped, toping.
1.
to drink alcoholic liquor habitually and to excess.
verb (used with object), toped, toping.
2.
to drink (liquor) habitually and to excess.

Origin:
1645–55; variant of obsolete top to drink, in phrase top off (on the model of tip off to drink (a full helping) at a draught), special use of top to tilt. See topple

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tope

2 [tohp]
noun
1.
a small shark, Galeorhinus galeus, inhabiting waters along the European coast.
2.
any of various related sharks of small to medium size.

Origin:
1680–90; akin to toper dogfish (Norfolk dial.)

tope

3 [tohp]
noun
(in Buddhist countries) a dome-shaped monument, usually for religious relics.

Origin:
1805–15; < Hindi ṭop

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tope1 (təʊp)
 
vb
to consume (alcoholic drink) as a regular habit, usually in large quantities
 
[C17: from French toper to keep an agreement, from Spanish topar to take a bet; probably because a wager was generally followed by a drink]
 
'toper1
 
n

tope2 (təʊp)
 
n
1.  a small grey requiem shark, Galeorhinus galeus, of European coastal waters
2.  any of various other small sharks
 
[C17: of uncertain origin; compare Norfolk dialect toper dogfish]

tope3 (təʊp)
 
n
another name for a stupa
 
[C19: from Hindi tōp; compare Sanskrit stūpastupa]

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tope
"to drink heavily," 1651, of unknown origin, perhaps ult. from It. toppa "done!" a word signifying acceptance of a bet.
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