(get/be/stay/keep) on top of


1. informed about and in control of a situation, in addition to something






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be on top of things at work

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To be 'on top of' something can mean to be on the highest point or to cover something. 'On top of' can also mean to be in command or in control of a situation, like being 'on top of your work'. It can also mean 'in addition to'. "On top of all this work, I also have an exam to study for tomorrow."  Or it can mean to be in very close proximity physically to other people. "The office was so small, we were all on top of each other." 

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  1. On top of missing the bus, it started to rain heavily and I got soaked. It just wasn't my day!
  2. I try to keep on top of my healthy eating program but sometimes I have a treat.
  3. I'm, not on top of what is happening in that TV show, can you fill me in?
  4. I can't keep on top of everything I have to do. I am so overwhelmed.

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  1. After missing a week of work through illness, it took me a while to get back on top of things.
  2. These problems keep cropping up. I need you to get on top of the issue fast because we can't afford any more setbacks!
  3. The supplier still hasn't got back to me about why the shipment is delayed. I want you to stay on top of the situation and keep me informed.
  4. In my line of work, changes can happen very quickly, so you really need to be on top of things.

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