high cotton

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The term "high cotton" or "tall cotton"[1] 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.

Noun[edit]

high cotton (uncountable)

  1. (US, slang, idiomatic) the best of times; a time of well being.
    We're in high cotton now.
    You're in high cotton.

Usage notes[edit]

Southern US.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Idions: "Tall cotton"". Retrieved on June 14, 2013.