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be the jewel in the crown
To be prized as the best, most valuable, or most important person or thing of someone's or something's kind. Likened to a precious jewel that is featured on a monarch's or sovereign's regalia. I have a large collection of vintage cars, but this 1965 Corvette Stingray is the jewel in the crown. I've always considered Shakespeare the jewel of the crown when it comes to English drama. She's by far the most talented person in the company, the jewel in the crown.
1. A precious jewel that is part of or featured on a monarch's or sovereign's regalia. Just one crown jewel from the Queen's regalia is worth enough money to buy a small country.
2. An asset or possession prized as being the best of a group of similar things. This vintage 1965 Corvette Stingray is the crown jewel of my car collection. The works of Shakespeare are the crown jewels of English drama.
1. The precious jewels, and the regalia or which they are featured, of a monarch or sovereign, as worn or used on a state occasion. One of the greatest mysteries of 20th-century Ireland was the case of the Irish Crown Jewels, which were stolen from Dublin Castle in 1907 and never recovered.
2. slang A male's genitals, especially the testicles. When she heard he had an affair, she kicked him right in the crown jewels.
slang Male genitalia, especially the testicles. An allusion to the testes' role in producing offspring and thus maintaining the family line. When she heard he had an affair, she kicked him right in the family jewels.
the jewel in (someone's or something's) crown
An asset, possession, or accomplishment prized as being the best thing someone or something possesses or has done. I have a lot of gorgeous cars, but this vintage 1965 Corvette Stingray is the jewel in my crown. The works of Shakespeare are the jewels in the crown of English drama.
the jewel in the crown
An asset or possession prized as being the best, most valuable, or most important of its kind. Likened to a precious jewel that is featured on a monarch's or sovereign's regalia. This vintage 1965 Corvette Stingray is the jewel in the crown of my car collection. The works of Shakespeare are the jewels in the crown of English drama.
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1. A prized possession or asset, as in The Iliad and Odyssey are the crown jewels of ancient literature, or The software products are the company's crown jewels. This usage transfers the value of royal jewels to some other object. [Late 1800s]
2. Also, family jewels. The male genitals, especially the testicles. For example, She gave the would-be mugger a hard kick in the family jewels. A slang euphemism, the term dates from the 1970s, and the variant from the early 1900s.
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the jewel in someone's/something's crownor
the jewel in the crown of someone/something
COMMON If something or someone is the jewel in someone's or something's crown or the jewel in the crown of someone or something, it is the best thing they have, or their greatest achievement. He has written a number of excellent books but this novel is surely the jewel in his crown. The jewel in the architectural crown of North Yorkshire is almost certainly Castle Howard. Note: This expression was known in Victorian times, but is probably most well known as the title of a novel by Paul Scott, published in 1966, that formed part of a series set in the Raj, or Victorian India. In this title, India is seen as the `jewel', and the `crown' is the British Empire.
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the (or your) family jewelsa man's genitals. informal
the jewel in the (or someone's) crownthe most attractive or successful part of something.
In the early 20th century, this was used as a term for the British imperial colonies as a whole. The Jewel in the Crown was subsequently used by Paul Scott as the title of the first novel of his Raj Quartet, which is set in the last days of British rule in India.
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the jewel in the ˈcrownthe most attractive or valuable part of something: The research facility is considered the jewel in the crown of the nation’s technology industry.
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n. the testicles. (Jocular and euphemistic. They are necessary to produce a family.) Hey, careful of the family jewels!
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A vulgar epithet for the male genitals. The term dates from the early 1900s and is used in such locutions as “The pitcher nearly hit the batter in his family jewels.”
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