top drawer

the highest level in rank, excellence, or importance: a musician strictly out of the top drawer.


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top drawer
people of the highest standing, esp socially (esp in the phrase out of the top drawer)

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Idioms & Phrases

top drawer

Of the highest quality, importance, or rank, as in The musicians in this pick-up orchestra were top drawer. It probably alludes to the uppermost drawer in a bureau or chest, where the most valuable objects (such as jewelry) are usually kept. [c. 1900]

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Example sentences
He then reached into the drawer and began taking the money out of the top
Detailed lists, kept in the top drawer of each map case, tell you what maps are
  available and which drawers contain them.
The minutes are open for public review and are kept in the top drawer of a file
  cabinet on the right as you enter my office.
During the observation, two unlabeled medication cups were noted in the top
  drawer of the medication cart.
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