the cream of the crop
Mike: I read his application and he is the cream of the crop.
Tdol: Do you think he'll getthe job?
Mike: Yeah, it's in the bag.
Is there any similiar idioms that close to 'the cream of the crop'? :)
far and away the best
of the first water
Thanks, I like the 'water' one. Something to share with you, but maybe you already know it.
Originally Posted by Francois
Here is the link for the origin of this phrase.
I'm quoting from the link above.
Originally Posted by blacknomi
The term 'of the first water' has come to mean some kind of extreme, whether it's good or bad, such as 'a villain of the first water' or 'a star of the first water'.
So you would have to say something like "a candidate of the first water".