Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. The best quality
  • n. A hard slap on bare skin with a hand that leaves a red, fully hand-shaped mark.
  • n. A mark from such a slap.
  • v. To slap someone hard with the hand on bare skin, leaving a red, fully hand-shaped mark.

Etymologies

From the hotel quality rating system used in many countries, using from one to five stars. (Wiktionary)
From the five-pointed star of the red, hand-shaped mark from a slap on bare skin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Seniors can make a switch to a so-called five-star Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription-drug plan at any time, though they can make only one such change per year.

    There's Time to Swap Plans

  • Building on its native Germanic word star, English has the verb to star; compounds like stardom, all-star, stargazer, five-star, starstruck, and superstar; and phrases such as rock star and pop star.

    The English Is Coming!

  • A five-star hotel suggests status, a wine tour imparts taste, the prefix 'eco-' accords ethical acumen.

    Ben Colclough: Why Do We Travel?

  • Excellent story placement so far, even if not every story is a five-star piece.

    mroctober: Color me relieved...

  • The tour, which also takes in the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of Leper Kings, as well as the famous Ta Prohm temple, ends with a gentle boat ride from the south gate to the west gate of Angkor Thom, where guests are picked up and taken to the five-star Hôtel de la Paix in nearby Siem Reap.

    Memories Worth 1,000 Pradas

  • The comments follow a series or embarrassing headlines for the chairman of the Republican National Committee and his organization, including news that the committee financed a night out at a risqué Hollywood night club and spent big on private jets, limousines, and five-star hotels.

    Gingrich to Republicans: Get behind Steele

  • Is there a five-star rated health practitioner aboard? no license needed of course.

    Drug Prices, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • The fallen dictator must be locked up in a prison cell, not placed in a five-star hospital, argued Jano Charbel, a journalist.

    Mubarak suffers reported heart attack while facing Egypt's corruption claims

  • Where to stay: Hotel Martinez: This five-star hotel, which dates from 1929, overlooks La Croisette, the famous promenade.

    Enjoying Cannes, Without the Stars

  • Its chorizo sandwich: smoky, hot paprika-packed sausage topped with fresh rocket and juicy piquillo pepper, on a chargrilled olive oil-dressed bun, is a five-star snack £3.95/£4.95.

    South London's top 10 budget eats

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