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or top-notch

[top-noch] /ˈtɒpˈnɒtʃ/
a topnotch job.
Origin of topnotch
First recorded in 1820-30; top1 + notch
outstanding, notable, superior. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


(informal) excellent; superb
Derived Forms
top-notcher, noun
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Word Origin and History for top-notch

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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adjective phrase

Superior; of the highest quality; top-drawer: She's a top-notch racquetball player

[1900+; fr notch as representing position, rank, etc; found as a noun phrase, ''the highest degree of excellence,'' by 1833]

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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