top drawer


Definition of top drawer

: the highest level of society, authority, or excellence

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Other Words from top drawer

top-drawer \ ˈtäp-​ˈdrȯ-​ər How to pronounce top-drawer (audio) , ˈtäp-​ˈdrȯr \ adjective

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The design is inviting and handsome, and the material choices found in a midlevel Laramie trim look and feel top drawer. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares 2019 Ford F-150 and Ram 1500," 7 Aug. 2019 Younger kids without phones can use a low-cost digital camera or even the iPhone 5 gathering dust in your top drawer purely for photo-taking purposes. NBC News, "The case for the long weekend, summer road trip," 21 June 2019 The master bedroom had a black 9mm semi-automatic handgun loaded with 13 rounds in the top drawer of the nightstand. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Federal grand jury indicts Jonathan Copeland Sr., father of man who killed a Milwaukee police officer," 6 June 2019 Marjan stashes away all her makeup products in the top drawer, like the Khloe and Malika collection from Becca Cosmetics. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Go Inside Celebrity Hairstylist Justine Marjan's Massive Beauty Stash," 28 Mar. 2019 The top drawer holds detergents and such, while the bottom drawer contains dog food. Jourdan Fairchild, House Beautiful, "The $400 Makeover That Actually Makes Me Look Forward To Doing Laundry," 6 Oct. 2018 It was forced upon us as the first bland T-shirt our parents folded in our top drawers. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The War Over T-Shirt Necklines: V vs. Crew," 22 Aug. 2018 Among those excited Arsenal fans in celebrating the Gunners’ capture of a top drawer shot stopper in the form of Leno, 26, was none other than club legend Ian Wright., "Arsenal Legend Ian Wright Responds to Bernd Leno Signing on Twitter," 20 June 2018 Its bounty of artisanal cheeses (mostly British) supplies grand hotels, top restaurants, discerning Londoners and, of course, the palace with top drawer dairy products. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal in London," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of top drawer

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of top drawer was in 1905

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