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  • n. One who is first-rate.

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  • n. one who is first-rate


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  • From Songs of the Sea, Hugill note: Hugill dates this as early 18th century, based on Hal's wardrobe and the use of the obsolete term "first-rater" Cawsand Bay was a popular rendezvous for the British Navy.

    Cawsand Bay

  • An 'they have a house, greater than e'er a first-rater

    Cawsand Bay

  • "Oh, you can speak it well enough," replied Ned, as our friend said this in "Pijin English," implying that although he could manage a little of our language he was not a first-rater at it.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • "That's what's said of every first-rater till he gets his chance."

    Out of the Primitive

  • He had deemed the TRANSCONTINENTAL a first-rater, and it paid a cent for ten words.

    Chapter 26

  • But maybe in this other game I could git to be a first-rater.

    The Wrong Twin

  • In the Army my vanity leads me to believe I was a first-rater.

    The Mountebank

  • But he's a first-rater, an 'I, for one, will be sorry to lose him.

    The Wheel O' Fortune

  • "He'd make a first-rater if he was taught," said Dan, unable to withhold the praise from the boy who made it necessary for him to do his best.

    Little Men: Life at Plumfield With Jo's Boys

  • "That's a first-rater," called out Nat, and Daisy retired, pleased with the praise of her friend.

    Little Men: Life at Plumfield With Jo's Boys


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