Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

to top it all off

to top it all off
Meaning(s)
1) to add something unusually good or bad to a situation that is already difficult.
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    • and to top it all off, it started to rain while I was locked out
  • Analysis
    'To top it all off' is a phrase that adds emphasis to storytelling or recounting of events, where something bad or unusual has occurred in addition to a number of other things which have already been part of a difficult or trying experience. This phrase usually has a negative connotation, as it is mainly used to describe unpleasant or sometimes humorous events. It is related to the phrase 'the icing on the cake' and can be used in a number of contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. He brought me on a beautiful date - we went for dinner in one of the best restaurants and, to top it all off, he even bought me flowers!
    2. This week has been a disaster - my car got a puncture, my boss is furious with me, I'm not feeling well and, to top it all off, my washing machine has broken down!
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. This year we have had a lot of success. We have recruited three fantastic new employees, increased growth by over 12% and, to top it all off, today John just completed an enormous sale.
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