Definition of top-shelf in English:

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1chiefly North American Of a high quality; excellent: top-shelf vocal talent
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  • This was a label that dominated musically as well as attracting and nurturing top-shelf vocal talent.
  • The Hotel Sliven was a Communist-era behemoth that I wouldn't recommend to anyone expecting top-shelf service and quality.
  • It's always frustrating to watch an artist with top-shelf talent reach that inadvertently satiated moment when there's really nothing important to say, nothing to add.
2British (Of a magazine or other publication) pornographic.
Example sentences
  • Naked women belong in top-shelf magazines, not in a publication which should inform on the news of the day (debatable, I concede).
  • We get to visit one American women's group which specialises in a form of photography normally associated with top-shelf magazines.
  • Scotland on Sunday has learned that BoS provided over £5m in debt financing to a start-up called Remnant Media, which has bought 45 top-shelf magazines from Desmond for £20m.

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Syllabification: top-shelf

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