But he is a known figure, safe and sound, and widely seen as a first-rate professional.
Elementary is first-rate American television in what is being called the “procedural” tradition.
The five remaining movies were all first-rate, and The Lives of Others deservedly won the Oscar.
Overall, though, he established an atmosphere of first-rate journalism.
Pogue remains a first-rate writer and an engaging public speaker, with a reputation for calling them as he sees them.
An excellent German culinary apple, of first-rate quality; it is in use from October till November.
He had overhauled the boiler at New Orleans, and reported it in first-rate condition.
Rome produced no first-rate master from her own children, if we except Giulio Romano.
We have got a first-rate plan, and we shall have a tip-top time.
I have often observed that in married households the champagne is rarely of a first-rate brand.
Excellent; of best quality (1697+)
: That'll do first-rate
[fr the rating of warships in the 1600s]