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what does "of the first water" mean? #1 (permalink) Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:48 am   what does "of the first water" mean?
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #408 "Water Idioms", question 9

The jewels in that showcase are clearly of the first water -- means: ..........

(a) of high value
(b) of high quality
(c) of high reputation
(d) of high density

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #408 "Water Idioms", answer 9

The jewels in that showcase are clearly of the first water -- means: of high quality.

Correct answer: (b) of high quality

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what does "of the first water" mean? #2 (permalink) Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:02 pm   what does "of the first water" mean?
 

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of high quality. ETYMOLOGY: Probably translation of Arabic m', water, water luster.
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