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first water

noun
1.
(formerly) the highest degree of fineness in a diamond or other precious stone.
Compare water (def 13).
2.
the finest quality; highest rank.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55
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British Dictionary definitions for first-water

first water

noun
1.
the finest quality of diamond or other precious stone
2.
the highest grade or best quality
3.
the most extreme kind: a fool of the first water
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