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Definition of top-shelf

1 : of the best quality top-shelf products Reading does have one top-shelf tourist attraction, a gorgeous pagoda that sits atop a mountain.— Joe Queenan
2 [from the placement of sexually explicit magazines for sale on high shelves out of the reach of children] British : containing pornographic material top-shelf magazines This year, retailers are going to come under increased pressure to clean up their acts. Of course, they're not obliged to sell top-shelf mags.The Grocer

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1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Top-shelf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of top-shelf

: of the best quality

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