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    #1

    "off"



    Robin:All right, here's what you do: Put together a care package of
    stuff from New York-- some H&H bagels, an Empire State Building keychain...
    and then, top off the package with a New York Times... Ready? From three days
    ago.


    Does this mean "cover" here? I don't know the meaning of off in this situation...

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    Re: "off"

    No. If you "top [something] off [with something]" it simply means to make something the final thing to go in a package (real or hypothetical). That item goes on the top so it's the last item.

    It doesn't literally have to mean that you are putting those things in a box. I might say:

    I'm going to Greece on holiday. I'm going to sail round a few islands, visit beautiful Falassarna on Crete, swim in gorgeous blue skies, go to Athens to see the Acropolis and to top it all off I'm going to Olympus to see the original site of the Olympics!

    Get an ice cream cone. Fill the bottom with small chocolate balls. Add vanilla ice cream, then strawberry ice cream, then chocolate ice cream. Squeeze some caramel over it all and top off with multi-coloured sugar sprinkles. Delicious!

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    Re: "off"

    I've just finished dinner and I would really like to top it off with one of emsr2d2's ice cream concoctions… seriously!

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    Re: "off"

    "Top off" also means to add the last remaining bit in order to fill something. During the 1970s gasoline shortages, they had prohibitions against "topping off" your tank, meaning people who would buy a very small amount of fuel just to keep their tanks full.

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