- the highest level in rank, excellence, or importance: a musician strictly out of the top drawer.
Origin of top drawer
Examples from the Web for top-drawer
Like all top-drawer authors, García Márquez possesses magnificent authority.García Márquez Showed Us How Great Fiction Could Be
April 18, 2014
Dreier was a Yale and Harvard law graduate and a staple of top-drawer charity galas.Did We All Go Mad?
December 15, 2008
- people of the highest standing, esp socially (esp in the phrase out of the top drawer)
Idioms and Phrases with 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]