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

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Idions: "Tall cotton"”, in TheFreeDictionary.com[1], accessed June 14, 2013