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    out of the top drawer

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    His tone was different from that of his friends. I could not place his accent. But it was nothing like that of Eton and the Brigade; any of the others would have known , and Mrs. Henneker might have said, that he did not come “out of the top drawer” (Shaw’s “Corridors of Power”, chapter 1)

    out of the top drawer = well brought-up, belonging to the cream of the society

    Thank you for your efforts.



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