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A one

[ey wuhn] /ˈeɪ ˈwʌn/
noting a vessel regarded by a shipping-classification society as being equipped to the highest standard and with equipment maintained in first-class condition.
Also, A number one. Informal. first-class; excellent; superior:
The meals there are A one.
Also, A-one, A 1, A-1.
Origin of A one
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You kept your mouths shut so far, and Ive got to hand it to you, because youre a couple of a-1 little scouts.

  • I can see you're an a-1 scout, good at observing and deducing and all that.

    Tom Slade at Black Lake Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • "Your engine seems to be in a-1 condition," Bill was saying.

  • Everything was a-1 of course; first-rate wines to choose from, and a rattling good cigar afterwards—for me, I mean.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • Carefully he goes over every inch of his machine, to be sure it is in a-1 condition.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • It is only an a-1 author that can make you believe that a thing exists when it really doesn't.

Word Origin and History for a-1


in figurative sense of "first-rate," 1837, in Dickens; from Lloyd's of London designation for ships in first-class condition (with the letter referring to the condition of the ship and the number to that of the stores).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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