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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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  • In addition, it was fast enough to bay a badger or a fox and was a firstrate water dog.
British Dictionary definitions for firstrate

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 firstrate

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]


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