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

First recorded in 1900–05

OTHER WORDS FROM top drawer

top-drawer, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for top drawer

top drawer

noun
people of the highest standing, esp socially (esp in the phrase out of the top drawer)
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Other 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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