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Sunday best

noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Even Mrs. Black's everyday hat was handsomer than her own sunday-best.

    An Alabaster Box Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  • In the morning, Stoltzfoos prepared for his trip into Datura by donning his sunday-best.

    Blind Man's Lantern Allen Kim Lang
  • Grandmother and grandchild were sitting on the bench dressed in their sunday-best and with a book on their knees.

    Maezli Johanna Spyri
  • Mr. Eliphalet Hopper, in his sunday-best broadcloth was a marvel of propriety.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • sunday-best is a different matter, and in this the other gaffer was clothed.

  • It is needless to say, I was dressed in my sunday-best the next morning.

    The Seven-Branched Candlestick Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
  • On his way home he tried in vain to dodge Luella Thickins, but she headed him off with one of her sunday-best smiles.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for sunday-best

Sunday best

one's best clothes, esp regarded as those most suitable for churchgoing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with sunday-best

Sunday best

One's finest clothes, as in They were all in their Sunday best for the photographer. This expression alludes to reserving one's best clothes for going to church; indeed, an older idiom is Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes (meeting here meaning “prayer meeting”). [ Mid-1800s ]
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