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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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With prices for general collectibles including dolls, Dinky toys, stamps, and comics rocketing in value by over 75 per cent in the last decade, specialist insurer Hiscox is urging everyone to keep an eye open for hidden gems buried away in lofts, garages and even bottom drawers across Britain.
Fifty-eight subchapters organize the analysis, with helpful titles such as "Did the lack of home mean the lack of a family?" "Trousseaus, bottom drawers and 'complete beds'," "Keeping warm," "Who you are depends on when you eat and what you eat," and "Underwear and hygiene." Short as each discussion must necessarily be, they are satisfyingly thorough with analyses of concepts, inferences from examples, and comparative considerations of regions and groups.
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." Mr Whoriskey said they would be examining the possibility of some kind of incentive to encourage hoarders to cash in their stockpiles.
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.
Stephen said: "Beatles fans from those early Liverpool days are rummaging through their bottom drawers looking for memorabilia of the Fab Four.