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bottom drawer

[ drawr ]

noun

, British.
  1. any drawer used for a hope chest.


bottom drawer

noun

  1. a young woman's collection of clothes, linen, cutlery, etc, in anticipation of marriage US and Canadian equivalenthope chest


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Word History and Origins

Origin of bottom drawer1

First recorded in 1885–90
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Example Sentences

Or was it one to be placed firmly in the bottom drawer of memory, the lock secured, and the key thrown away?

After this she took from the bottom drawer of her bureau that long-forgotten gift from the facetious Dave Cowan.

A week ago I took out the bottom drawer; I looked and saw figures burnt out in it.

Yes, there was the big bottom drawer in the wardrobe, in which Miss Carson kept her hats.

Lysbet read it, and then put the paper carefully away among the silks and satins in her bottom drawer.

Mrs. Paine, you now have that bottom drawer of your desk secretary open, and I see the remains of a ball of string.

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