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first-rate

[furst-reyt] /ˈfɜrstˈreɪt/
adjective
1.
excellent; superb.
2.
of the highest rank, rate, or class.
adverb
3.
very well.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70
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  • The county also enjoys a reputation for high quality services, including a first-rate educational system.
  • His physics was first-rate, but it was his ability to inspire which to a large extent made him a household name around the world.
  • He is the pre-eminent writer on evolution who is also doing first-rate evolutionary lab research.
  • It must be perfect in fit, cut and material, and this means a first-rate tailor.
  • No one would ever expect to get a first-rate heartsease or dahlia from the seed of a wild plant.
  • The electronics products were first-rate and eagerly embraced.
  • It didn't matter to our three kids that they make a first-rate wine on the premises.
  • Many are first-rate and some have learned their skills from working with scientists.
  • Great property, with all the creature comforts you could want from a first-rate resort hotel.
  • The film is stirring and visually beautiful but not quite interesting enough, morally or formally, to be first-rate.
British Dictionary definitions for first-rate

first-rate

adjective
1.
of the best or highest rated class or quality
2.
(informal) very good; excellent
adverb
3.
(not standard) very well; excellently
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Slang definitions & phrases for first-rate

first-rate

adjective

Excellent; of best quality (1697+)

adverb

: That'll do first-rate

[fr the rating of warships in the 1600s]


first-rate

adjective

Excellent; of best quality (1697+) adv: That'll do first-rate

[fr the rating of warships in the 1600s]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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