Not quite a 'total' but someone on the periphery, who you know well enough to use the c-blast in a friendly way.
Total - One of the finer people in life. It comes from not being able to say the affectionate c-word when you want to, in front of other people. So you say 'oh, he's a 'total'
You met Steve yet?
No, is he a total?
No, not quite, he's an absolute.