top shelf

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  • (British: material with adult content): Such material is often stored on the top shelf in a newsagent's shop, where it is both less visible and harder to reach without being seen.

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top shelf (not comparable)

  1. (US, idiomatic) Best, or high quality. [from late 19th c.]
    Synonyms: top notch
    I bought a bottle of top shelf whiskey.
  2. (Britain, idiomatic) Describing books, magazines, or movies that have adult content, or soft-core porn.
    Jim has a lot of top shelf magazines.

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