from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of the highest importance, rank, privilege, or merit.

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  • adj. Alternative form of top drawer.


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  • Cassels, 18, is one of an increasing number of high school graduates who pass over top-drawer public and private universities to become honor students at community colleges.

    Community Colleges

  • The mere experience of hearing them sing with such mastery made up for a lack of tenderness or subtlety, which was plentifully supplied by the top-drawer supporting cast of Brangäne (Anne Sofie von Otter, intelligent and vigilant), the wise, wronged King Marke (Matthew Best) and, most affecting of all, Jukka Rasilainen as Kurwenal, troubled, faithful and rigid with grief.

    Tristan und Isolde; LSO/Gergiev

  • It's an awkward piece to bring off at the best of times, with a distinct lack of top-drawer Tchaikovskyan tunes that really make the most of the possibilities of the six-part string textures.

    Daniel Hope and Friends

  • In 145 Tests, he has 11,947 runs at an average of 57.43 runs an innings; more than 40 is good, more than 50 is top-drawer.

    South African Deserves Some Love

  • LAS VEGAS—With tasseled lingerie and top-drawer lawyers, the Burlesque Hall of Fame here is girding for a showdown with a group of striptease rivals.

    Wheels of Justice (Bump and) Grind for Vegas's Battling Burlesque Shows

  • Their Double Down Hearts sketch show bagged them an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination in 2008, and it was fantastic entertainment, with bizarre playlets, hilariously awkward audience interaction and top-drawer gags.

    This week's new comedy: Edinburgh special

  • McKinsey isn't known for its partisan sympathies, and most top-drawer consulting firms deliberately avoid the political fray.

    Shutting Up McKinsey

  • Newman brings top-drawer comic timing to Dum-Dum-Ditty Delivery's other half, and the duo's early song "I'll Be Mister, You'll Be Sir" is among the score's most infectious.

    Theater review of 'Sanctified' at the Lincoln Theatre

  • There are only a precious few top-drawer vocal accompanists out there, but what pianist Fred Hersch achieves with singers is even more rarified: He's their perfect partner.

    Virtuosos in Solos, Duos and Trios

  • Like most smaller countries, Ireland's national team is a mix of legitimate top-drawer players (like goalkeeper Shay Given), lower-division battlers (defender Sean St. Ledger, midfielder Keith Andrews ) and cult heroes, like striker Robbie Keane .

    Meet Soccer's Dr. Seuss


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