: 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
[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

Examples of top-shelf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, however, its dugout is full of top-shelf players within the first six years of their MLB careers who have not yet reached free agency nor their market-earning potential. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2023 Also, some top-shelf schadenfreude if the 49ers and Broncos miss the playoffs. Daniel Kohn, Spin, 6 Sep. 2023 Be ready to be astounded by the greater potency of this top-shelf cannabis, which results in a euphoric high that is perfectly legal. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Stanly Ranch Napa Valley’s latest luxe retreat improves upon the wine country resort with modern cabins surrounded by vines, multiple pools, a Scandi-meets-California-cuisine restaurant with a top-shelf bar and an on-site vegetable garden. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 As if the cream wasn’t already top-shelf in terms of its anti-aging prowess, this new formulation tethers those Caviar Micro-Nutrients with another La Prairie innovation: Caviar Premier. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 1 Sep. 2023 The deal doesn't include food, excludes top-shelf liquor and doesn't work on Sundays where the Packers and Jets play at the same time. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 30 Aug. 2023 Her gifts were obvious, starting with a top-shelf backhand and elite speed around the court. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2023 In the meantime, sources say the company has taken on a top-shelf collection of music company investors such as Spotify, Live Nation, YouTube, Red Light Management and Bertelsmann Digital Media. Elizabeth Dilts Marshall, Billboard, 25 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of top-shelf was in 1854

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“Top-shelf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/top-shelf. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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