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Definition of A-plus

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: a grade assigned by a teacher or examiner rating a student's work as highest in quality She got an A-plus on her report. graduating with an A-plus average often used figuratively… my flossing technique received an A-plus from the hygienist.— Charles W. Whalen, Washington Post, 27 May 1979Legislators get an A-plus for procrastination. — Larry Penner, Times-Union (Albany, New York), 19 Apr. 2010


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Definition of A-plus (Entry 2 of 2)

: having or receiving a grade of A-plus (see A–plus ) because of academic excellence an A-plus student also : excellent, superior It has an A-plus crescent beach where the only footprints will be your own. — Sid Moody, Associated Press, 27 Apr. 1980 Instead of rolling your eyes when a blustery coworker crows about the A-plus job he’s doing at work, take notes. — Martha Fay, Real Simple, November 2001

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1913, in the meaning defined above


1927, in the meaning defined above

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“A-plus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/A-plus. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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