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topnotch

or top-notch

[top-noch]
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adjective
  1. first-rate: a topnotch job.
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Origin of topnotch

First recorded in 1820–30; top1 + notch

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outstanding, notable, superior.
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  • That was real railroading, the top-notch of railroading, too.

  • Collins suspected that the man was not a top-notch researcher and so was in administration.

    Security

    Ernest M. Kenyon

  • There was never any trouble in booking it at the top-notch price.

  • I could paddle at top-notch speed all night long for what's ahead of us.

  • It's the crownin' top-notch of the whole business, havin' you come, too.

    Dorothy at Skyrie

    Evelyn Raymond


British Dictionary definitions for top-notch

top-notch

adjective
  1. informal excellent; superb
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Derived Formstop-notcher, noun
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Word Origin and History for top-notch

adj.

also top notch, 1848, from top (n.1) + notch (n.). Figurative of the "highest point" of something, but the exact mechanical image is uncertain.

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