topside

[top-sahyd]
noun
1.
the upper side.
2.
Usually, topsides. Nautical. the outer surface of a hull above the water.
3.
the most authoritative position or level.
4.
Chiefly British. a cut of beef similar to a U.S. rump roast. Compare silverside ( def 1 ).
5.
British. the top or outer side of a round of beef; beef from the outer thigh of a butchered cow.
adjective
6.
of, pertaining to, or located on the topside.
7.
of the most authoritative rank.
adverb
8.
Also, topsides. up on the deck: He left the engine room and went topside.
9.
to, toward, or at the topside.

Origin:
1670–80; top1 + side1

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topside (ˈtɒpˌsaɪd)
 
n
1.  the uppermost side of anything
2.  (Brit), (NZ) a lean cut of beef from the thigh containing no bone
3.  (often plural)
 a.  the part of a ship's sides above the waterline
 b.  the parts of a ship above decks

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Example sentences
Certainly, for fish that spend their lives along the sea bottom, having both eyes topside confers a survival advantage.
Flatfish with their eyes topside wear mottled camouflage so spot-on that they hide in plain sight.
Survivors caught topside during the blast are in an especially precarious
  situation.
Device beeps every single time you raise or lower the volume with the topside
  controls.
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