bottom drawer

noun British.
any drawer used for a hope chest.

1885–90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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bottom drawer
(Brit) US & Canadian equivalent: hope chest a young woman's collection of clothes, linen, cutlery, etc, in anticipation of marriage

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Example sentences
Don't let this valuable resource sit in the bottom drawer of your desk.
All of this information is personally authenticated in the bottom drawer.
Don't put it in the bottom drawer of a desk and forget it.
She also kept several bundles of money in the bottom drawer of a dresser in her
  upstairs bedroom.
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