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bottom drawer

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.
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bottom drawer

the collection of linen, clothes, and household items assembled by a woman in preparation for her marriage.
The bottom drawer was the traditional place for storing such articles. The US equivalent is hope chest .
See also: bottom, drawer
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They had a bottom drawer of stuff for when they got married which was replaced with stuff for when they died.
It also launched a French-door refrigerator with a bottom drawer that can function as a refrigerator or freezer compartment.
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Saw a hole out of the base of a bottom drawer, leaving at least 1-inch border intact.