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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.
See also: bottom, drawer

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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Producers are keeping their comic scripts in their bottom drawers, and Palace Films, which this year will be the biggest distrib of Oz titles, has historically avoided the genre.
But all too often the snaps that inhabit our albums, or are stuffed into bottom drawers, don't really reflect our lives accurately.
People are tossing them into jars or corners of bottom drawers and they are just sitting there.
The sashaying stunners showed the basque is back as they gave fashion critics an Eiffel of the designs sure to be copied and filling British stores - and bedroom bottom drawers - later this year.
Their 'stimulatingly various' authors have apparently been given carte blanche to raid their bottom drawers and at least one of them (Brian Scobie) seems to have ignored the comparative project altogether in his efforts to describe (without, of course, lapsing into prescriptive essentialism) the Americanness of Raymond Carver.
It's possible to move partially filled cabinets without the crane if the cabinets don't have false bottoms and if the bottom drawers sit flat on the floor.