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the cream of the crop

Meaning: If something or someone is in the cream of the crop, they are among the best of a class of things or people.

For example:

  • The cream of the crop of this year's high-school graduates will get into the best universities, as usual.

  • We're only interested in the cream of the crop, so don't send us any second-rate samples.

Quick Quiz:

Martin was always told by his parents and teachers that he was the cream of the crop, so he thought he was
  1. worse than other kids
  2. the same as other kids
  3. better than other kids

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