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first water

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noun
  1. (formerly) the highest degree of fineness in a diamond or other precious stone.Compare water(def 13).
  2. the finest quality; highest rank.
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Origin of first water

First recorded in 1745–55
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Historical Examples of first water

  • Yet they were constantly after him, for they knew they were likely to get a first-water gem.

    Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • An expert would have known immediately that it was a first-water product of an expert gunsmith.

  • She was got up expensive, all real lace and first-water sparks, and just as handsome as a towel rack.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford


British Dictionary definitions for first water

first water

noun
  1. the finest quality of diamond or other precious stone
  2. the highest grade or best quality
  3. the most extreme kinda fool of the first water
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