[Phrases] Top Banana

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Without knowing the meaning, could you come up with any ideas about when this phrase could be used? Actually, it was originated in US theatrical slang!

Once there was a comedy talking about three comics thinking how to share two bananas. The leading comedian who delivered the punch line was given one banana while the supporting comedian got the second one. The show and joke were so popular that the phrase Top Banana was widely referred to the person with the most authority, power, or influence in a group or organization.

For example,

You’ll only get a truthful answer if you manage to talk to one of the top bananas.

You’ll have to ask the top banana. He’s out right now.

There are some other interesting phrases about “top“. Follow me to learn about them!


1. blow one’s top

to become very angry, often quickly; to lose one’s composure

Oh man, Dad is going to blow his top when he sees that I wrecked his car!

When she regains consciousness, she just may blow her top

2. top notch

to describe something is stellar, excellent; can also be used without a hyphen

That restaurant is top-notch—you’ll definitely get a good meal there.

This is not a case of nepotism—Astrid won the award because her project was top notch.

3. sleep like a top

to experience a very deep and restful sleep; to sleep soundly

I can’t believe you finished a triathlon! You’re going to sleep like a top tonight.

I have to set numerous alarms for the morning because I sleep like a top every night!

4. top the bill

to be the featured person in an event

Up until now, he’s only been a supporting act, but he’s going to top the bill for the first time next Saturday.

Two professors from New York University are topping the bill at the conference on climate change this weekend.


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14 Comments

  • I ask to the Top of Banana in my team. When he read my paper he might Blow hisTop. At the same time, he also praise me and said “youre work is Top Norch if you revisi it again”. I ever saw him Sleep Like a top, maybe he was exhausted.

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  • I am always chosen to be the Top Banana in every class project.

    My sister blows my top because she tore my homework

    His speech is top notch and untill now it is still being talked by some people

    I can’t sleep well every night. I sleep like a top almost every dawn.

    I’m going to top the bill this Friday to speech about coronavirus at my college.

    Please correct me if there are some mistakes. Thank you fellas! 🙂

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  • He is so confident because he knows he is the Top Banana here.

    I thought that hotel was Top Notch but it was on remodeling, not fair when i was celebrating my Top Banana.

    I better stop drinking Coffee in the afternoon if want to Sleep Like a Top.

    Is Amazing how he came Topping the Bill on this Book.

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  • I’m thankful of the top bananas of this app. Seriously they have developed a top notch app to enhance skills of english language.

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