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In Conversation With Steve Allen 9pm - 10pm
7 January 2020, 13:47
The phrase 'top drawer' has high society origins.
Mystery Hour Question
Why do we say things are 'top drawer' if they are the best?
Name: Stefan, Cardiff
Qualification: None really, but his mother told him.
Answer: In the olden days in England, a woman's dresser-room would have a hierarchy of drawers. The top drawer was where they kept the jewellery and valuables. The saying is, therefore, linked to being high-class.