Origin of first-rate
Examples from the Web for first-rate
Newsday: “Thoroughly researched, written with intelligence, sympathy and grace, it is a model of first-rate literary biography.”
Yellen, many believe, is the perfect choice, a first-rate academic whose sense of timing is exquisite and nuanced.
You can have a first-rate mind, but if the neurology is skewed, the thinking will also be skewed.
Elementary is first-rate American television in what is being called the “procedural” tradition.‘Elementary’ vs. ‘Sherlock’: Why There’s Room for More Than One Holmes|Allen Barra|November 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He has had chores, he knows how to cook, how to iron, how to be a first-rate gardening assistant, and much more.
Commercially this was of first-rate importance, while politically it counterbalanced the alliance of the Bourbon courts.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt
Just when a fellow expects to have a first-rate time, she puts up something that knocks it out.Dorothy Dale's Camping Days|Margaret Penrose
The Russians might as well attempt to suspend a first-rate line-of-battle ship with all its guns and stores.
So few people were civilised, and they, like the first-rate works of art, were mostly French.Crome Yellow|Aldous Huxley
A "square" meal is his usual phrase for a full or first-rate one.Across America|James F. Rusling