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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 remove one's pants or underwear. I was so muddy after working in the garden that I dropped my drawers as soon as I got into the house.
from the top drawer
From an elite social class. If she's from the top drawer, then why would she waste her time with a pauper like you?
out of the top drawer
From an elite social class. If she's out of the top drawer, then why would she waste her time with a pauper like you?
hewers of wood and drawers of water
Those who are used solely for manual labor or menial tasks at the behest of others. An allusion to a passage in the Bible (Joshua 9:21), in which the Gibeonites were condemned to servitude under the Israelites. This scholarship intends to show that, given the right tools and opportunities, the people in this region are destined to become more than hewers of wood and drawers of water. Under the dictatorship, members of the religious minority were not allowed to be anything but hewers of wood and drawers of water to the ruling class.
not the sharpest knife in the drawer
Not intelligent; dim-witted or prone to stupidity. His new boyfriend isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he's pretty good looking! I wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer in school, but I still managed to find a profession I loved.
Of or having the highest quality, skill, value, importance, or rank. Hyphenated if used before a noun. That performance from Bueler in the last round really was top drawer. Ever since he got that promotion, Tom's taken to drinking only top-drawer liquor when we go out.
Pants sagging below the waistline. Can also be used as a term of address for someone experiencing this. I forgot to pack my belt, so I've got a serious case of droopy drawers today. Hey, droopy drawers! Pull up your pants before the headmaster sees you!
drop one's drawers
to lower one's pant or underpants. The boys dropped their drawers and jumped in the creek.
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]
out of the top draweror
from the top drawermainly BRITISH
1. If someone or something is out of the top drawer or from the top drawer, they are of very high quality. The player I am looking for will be right out of the top drawer. Castleford produced a performance right out of the top drawer to thrash Wigan 33-2. Note: You can also use top-drawer on its own to describe someone or something is of a very high quality. The Grange Hotel may be top drawer, but it's not pretentious. The dramatisation is superbly played by a top-drawer cast.
2. If someone is out of the top drawer or from the top drawer, they come from a very high social class. His companion came from right out of the top drawer of the Irish landed gentry.
bottom drawerthe 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 .
hewers of wood and drawers of watermenial drudges; labourers.
This expression refers to Joshua 9:21, which tells the story of how the Israelites were tricked into sparing the lives of some of the indigenous inhabitants of the Promised Land: ‘And the princes said unto them, Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation’.
not the sharpest knife in the ˈdrawer(also not the sharpest tool in the ˈbox) (humorous) not intelligent: I know he’s good-looking, but he’s not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, is he? OPPOSITE: a/one smart cookie
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.
Of the highest quality or rank. The term alludes to the uppermost drawer of a bureau or dresser, where jewelry and other valuables often are kept. It was transferred to mean high social standing or first quality about 1900. It is the former that Ngaio Marsh referred to in Colour Scheme (1943): “He’s not out of the top drawer, of course.”The cliché may now be obsolescent.
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.