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topnotch

or top-notch

[top-noch] /ˈtɒpˈnɒtʃ/
adjective
1.
first-rate:
a topnotch job.
Origin of topnotch
1820-1830
1820-30; top1 + notch
Synonyms
outstanding, notable, superior.
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  • In many of the cases, the scientific staff worked under the direction of a topnotch intelligence agent by the name of Steven Ames.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • As we neared Buzzard's Bay my spirits, which had been at topnotch, began to sink.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln

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