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bottom drawer Line breaks: bot¦tom draw¦er

Definition of bottom drawer in English:


British dated
Household linen stored by a woman in preparation for her marriage.
Example sentences
  • It is a great idea for anyone who, like me, is getting married but has been living in sin for years and so has a bottom drawer full of towels, bedding, frying pans and cut glass.
  • All the girls started their bottom drawers at the age of 13 and learned words like ‘elbow grease’ and phrases like ‘be seen and not heard’, ‘speak when you're spoken to’ and ‘a lady doesn't notice such things’.
  • In one corner you have easy-going bloke, all the time in the world for settling down and having kids; in the other you have borderline insane female who has a bottom drawer bursting with Baby Gap.

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