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crown jewel

1. A precious jewel that is part of or featured on a monarch's or sovereign's regalia. Just one crown jewel from the Queen's regalia is worth enough money to buy a small country.
2. An asset or possession prized as being the best of a group of similar things. This vintage 1965 Corvette Stingray is the crown jewel of my car collection. The works of Shakespeare are the crown jewels of English drama.
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crown jewels

1. The precious jewels, and the regalia or which they are featured, of a monarch or sovereign, as worn or used on a state occasion. One of the greatest mysteries of 20th-century Ireland was the case of the Irish Crown Jewels, which were stolen from Dublin Castle in 1907 and never recovered.
2. slang A man's genitals, especially the testicles. When she heard he had an affair, she kicked him right in the crown jewels.
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crowning achievement

The most important, significant, or greatest accomplishment or moment of one's career or life. The author's oeuvre spans five novels, four plays, and six books of poetry, but this, her final novel, is by far her crowning achievement. I may have had success in business and led a somewhat romantic life, but my crowning achievement was by far the day I became a father.
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crown of thorns

Something that causes one pain and suffering. Alludes to the crown of thorns that Jesus was made to wear before his crucifixion. Its usage is similar to the phrase "cross to bear." I can't stand to see how sick she has become. This illness is a real crown of thorns. This class is my crown of thorns. No matter how much I study, I just keep getting awful grades.
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crown someone with something

 
1. Lit. to place a crown on someone's head. They crowned the prince with the heavily jeweled royal crown.
2. Fig. to strike someone on the head with something. She crowned him with a skillet. The carpenter crowned himself with a board he knocked loose.
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crown something with something

Fig. to place something on the very top of something. (As if crowning royalty.) The chef crowned the cake with golden icing.
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Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

Prov. A person who has a lot of power and prestige also has a lot of responsibilities, and therefore worries more than other people. (From Shakespeare's play, Henry IV, Part II.) Susan began to have trouble sleeping shortly after she was promoted to head of her department. "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown," her friends teased.
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the jewel in the crown

the best or most valuable thing in a group This college is the jewel in the crown of the city's university.
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to cap/crown/top it all

something that you say when you want to tell someone the worst event in a series of bad events that has happened to you He spilled red wine on the carpet, insulted my mother, and to cap it all, broke my favourite vase.
See be all sweetness and light, for all cares, for all knows, That's all she wrote!, be all in a day's work, I've never [felt etc.] in all my days!, be all ears, if all else fails, all eyes are on, be all eyes, be all fur coat and no knickers, It's all go, All in good time, It's all Greek to me, be all heart, at all hours, at all hours, to all intents and purposes, and all that jazz, be all in the/ mind, in all modesty, be all moonlight and roses, be all mouth, in all but name, That's all need!, be all smiles, all systems go, be all talk, would for all the tea in China, be all things to all men, be all fingers and thumbs, go all the way, be all wet, All work and no play
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to cap it all

if you have been describing bad things which happened and then say that to cap it all something else happened, you mean that the final thing was even worse He spilled red wine on the carpet, insulted my mother, and, to cap it all, he broke my favourite vase.
See to cap it all, If the cap fits, come cap in hand
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the jewel in the crown

the best or most valuable thing in a group of things (often + of ) The island of Tresco, with its beautiful tropical gardens, is the jewel in the crown of the Scilly Isles.
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crown jewels

1. A prized possession or asset, as in The Iliad and Odyssey are the crown jewels of ancient literature, or The software products are the company's crown jewels. This usage transfers the value of royal jewels to some other object. [Late 1800s]
2. Also, family jewels. The male genitals, especially the testicles. For example, She gave the would-be mugger a hard kick in the family jewels. A slang euphemism, the term dates from the 1970s, and the variant from the early 1900s.
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crown

tv. to hit someone on the head. The clerk crowned the robber with a champagne bottle.
References in classic literature ?
The host had reckoned upon eleven days of confinement at a crown a day, but he had reckoned without his guest.
Then take this glittering crown, hard and cold as your own heart will be, if you will shut out all that is bright and beautiful.
Choose the Flower crown, and we will be the truest subjects you have ever had.
Then, amid a burst of wild, sweet music, the Frost-King placed the Flower crown on his head, and knelt to little Violet; while far and near, over the broad green earth, sounded the voices of flowers, singing their thanks to the gentle Fairy, and the summer wind was laden with perfumes, which they sent as tokens of their gratitude; and wherever she went, old trees bent down to fold their slender branches round her, flowers laid their soft faces against her own, and whispered blessings; even the humble moss bent over the little feet, and kissed them as they passed.
If it can be contrived to be at the Crown, papa, it will be very convenient for the horses.
Weston are at the Crown at this moment," said Frank Churchill, "examining the capabilities of the house.
Emma was most happy to be called to such a council; and her father, engaging to think it all over while she was gone, the two young people set off together without delay for the Crown.
Remember, this will secure me a future enemy, if he succeed in recovering his crown without my assistance.
If her crown of life had been an insurance policy, she would have had an opportunity to collect on it the first time she fell.
It is not good judgment to fit a crown of life upon a city which has been destroyed six times.
But I have known the forest and the free life, and that is why I resent being civilized all at once, against my will, and being made a King with a crown and an ermine robe.
For upon the death of Elizabeth, James VI of Scotland, the great- grandson of Margaret Tudor and James Stuart, received the crown of England also, thus joining the two rival countries.
dandelions, with whose golden blooms Walter had crowned her his queen of love and future bride--dandelions, the harbingers of spring, her sorrow's crown of sorrow--reminder of her happiest days.
This crown of the laughter, this rose-garland crown: I myself have put on this crown, I myself have consecrated my laughter.
This crown of the laughter, this rose-garland crown: to you my brethren do I cast this crown