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In the movie Justice League Dark, "Constantine" tells the demon Etrigan:

  • Save the bloody rhymes and top that git.

What does "top" mean in this context?

Actually, I have no idea about any of the words rhymes and git too. Can you please help me?

John Constantine

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    Need more context. "Top" has many possible meanings. Could mean "take the head off." Could mean "dominate" as in "get on top of." There are others. Also, it could be a wonky translation.
    – puppetsock
    Mar 4, 2020 at 17:00
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    It is probably "take the head of" in this context. +1
    – Omid.N
    Mar 4, 2020 at 17:04
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    Loosely, it means, "Stop the damn talking and kill that annoying person". Mar 4, 2020 at 17:35
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    It looks like how American movie people think British people talk. Mar 4, 2020 at 17:47
  • @MichaelHarvey hehe, in my prior comment I actually typed "It appears to be British English as poorly imagined by American English speakers" before deciding that might be a bit snarky. Glad it's not just me. Mar 4, 2020 at 18:20

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'To top [someone]' is British English slang for 'to kill/murder [someone]'. A others have noted, he use of the words 'bloody' and 'git' make it abundantly clear we're dealing with an attempt at British English dialect.

A 'git' is an unpleasant person. It was quite old-fashioned and mildly offensive - the sort of thing my dad said in the 1970s, along with 'berk', 'nerk' and 'wassuk' - but J K Rowling might have saved it from obscurity by making it a favourite epithet used by Ron Weasley to describe teachers and Death Eaters alike.

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