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a class act
A person who excels or succeeds with impressive style or ability. At 73, the aging pop star proves that he's still a class act on the stage. With her tireless work for charities and activist groups, the team's captain is a true class act both on the field and off.
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a class act
COMMON If someone is a class act, they are very good at what they do. Koeman is a class act. He's got great control and can hit passes from one side of the pitch to the other with amazing accuracy. Hiatt's songs have been recorded by class acts like Bob Dylan and The Everly Brothers.
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a class acta person or thing displaying impressive and stylish excellence. informal
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n. a high-quality act; a high-quality way of doing things. The prof puts on a real class act, but he grades very hard.
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Elegant, refined, tasteful. The use of “class” in this sense originated in the second half of the 1800s in sports, where it described an athlete with such admirable qualities. In the second half of the 1900s, “act” was added and the term was used in the entertainment industry. A Boston Globe editorial had it: “Conan O’Brien: A Class Act Comes Home” (June 5, 2010), expanding “O’Brien has come across as a class act throughout the machinations that led NBC to have him replace fellow Bay Stater Jay Leno as host of the Tonight Show, then renege after Leno’s 10 p.m. replacement show bombed.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer