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    Smile top man

    Jim: What you doing here?
    Bob: I thought I'd buy you lunch.
    Jim: Ah, top man.
    Hi! The dialogues above are the snippet from a British film.

    Does "top man" mean you are a nice man? Is it usual in the UK and the other English-speaking countries?

    Can I say "top woman" if a lady did me a favour?

    Thanks!


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    Re: top man

    It is very colloquial and slangy, and the sort of "shorthand" used amongst friends. Jim is expressing in a very condensed way his appreciation of the invitation and also that he will have a free lunch

    You could say "top woman", but you might get some funny looks. "Top girl"/"great girl" are more likely.

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    Smile Re: top man

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is very colloquial and slangy, and the sort of "shorthand" used amongst friends. Jim is expressing in a very condensed way his appreciation of the invitation and also that he will have a free lunch

    You could say "top woman", but you might get some funny looks. "Top girl"/"great girl" are more likely.
    Top girl!

    (If it is inappropriate for me to address you, please forgive me.)

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