The term "high cotton" or "tall cotton" originates from the rural farming community in the antebellum (pre-Civil War) when "high cotton" meant that the crops were good and the prices, were, too. The term has generalized to mean one is doing well or is successful.
- (US, slang, idiomatic) the best of times; a time of well being.
- We're in high cotton now.
- You're in high cotton.