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tope1

[tohp] /toʊp/
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
1645-1655
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

tope2

[tohp] /toʊp/
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.)

tope3

[tohp] /toʊp/
noun
1.
(in Buddhist countries) a dome-shaped monument, usually for religious relics.
Origin
1805-15; < Hindi ṭop
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British Dictionary definitions for tope

tope1

/təʊp/
verb
1.
to consume (alcoholic drink) as a regular habit, usually in large quantities
Derived Forms
toper, noun
Word Origin
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

tope2

/təʊp/
noun
1.
a small grey requiem shark, Galeorhinus galeus, of European coastal waters
2.
any of various other small sharks
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin; compare Norfolk dialect toper dogfish

tope3

/təʊp/
noun
1.
another name for a stupa
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi tōp; compare Sanskrit stūpastupa
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Word Origin and History for tope
v.

"to drink heavily," 1650s, of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately from Italian toppa "done!" a word signifying acceptance of a bet.

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