top drawer


the highest level in rank, excellence, or importance: a musician strictly out of the top drawer.

Origin of top drawer

First recorded in 1900–05
Related formstop-drawer, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for top-drawer

Contemporary Examples of top-drawer

Historical Examples of top-drawer

  • I know it's top-drawer stuff, but are these Uniques actually people?

    The Butterfly Kiss

    Arthur Dekker Savage

  • And the top-drawer of a sewing- table fairly rattling with spools!

    Rainy Week

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for top-drawer

top drawer


people of the highest standing, esp socially (esp in the phrase out of the top drawer)
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Idioms and Phrases with top-drawer

top drawer

Of the highest quality, importance, or rank, as in The musicians in this pick-up orchestra were top drawer. It probably alludes to the uppermost drawer in a bureau or chest, where the most valuable objects (such as jewelry) are usually kept. [c. 1900]

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