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A young woman's collection of household items to use in her home after marriage. Primarily heard in UK. Sarah collected linens and sheets for her bottom drawer in anticipation of her new life as a married woman.
drop one's drawers
to lower one's pant or underpants. The boys dropped their drawers and jumped in the creek.
somebody's bottom drawer
the things a young woman collects to use in her home after she is married I've given her some silver cutlery for her bottom drawer.
from/out of the top drawer
from a very high social class Caroline liked to pretend that she came from the very top drawer of society.
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]
n. someone—usually a child—whose pants are falling down. (Also a term of address.) Hey, droopy-drawers, pull up your pants.
mod. top-quality. I want to hire a young MBA who’s top-drawer.
Highest quality. The 19th-century practice of keeping jewelry and other valuables in the highest drawer of a bedroom dresser gave rise to this phrase, which was applied both to people and to things. “First rate” is a similar phrase, as is “varsity,” meaning a person figuratively sufficiently admirable to qualify for the starting team.