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top drawer

noun
1.
the highest level in rank, excellence, or importance:
a musician strictly out of the top drawer.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
Related forms
top-drawer, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for topdrawer

top drawer

noun
1.
people of the highest standing, esp socially (esp in the phrase out of the top drawer)
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Idioms and Phrases with topdrawer

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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