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 for first-rate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  First-rate \First"-rate`\ (f[~e]rst"r[=a]t`), a.
     Of the highest excellence; pre["e]minent in quality, size, or
     estimation.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Our only first-rate body of contemporary poetry is the
           German.                                  --M. Arnold.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Hermocrates . . . a man of first-rate ability. --Jowett
                                                    (Thucyd).
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  First-rate \First"-rate`\, n. (Naut.)
     A war vessel of the highest grade or the most powerful class.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  first-rate \first-rate\ adj.
     1. of the highest quality; as, a first-rate reporter.
  
     Syn: ace, A-one, first-class, super, tip-top, topnotch,
          tops(predicate).
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  first-rate
      adv 1: quite well; "she doesn't feel first-rate today" [syn:
             first-rate, very well]
      adj 1: of the highest quality; "an ace reporter"; "a crack
             shot"; "a first-rate golfer"; "a super party"; "played
             top-notch tennis"; "an athlete in tiptop condition"; "she
             is absolutely tops" [syn: ace, A-one, crack,
             first-rate, super, tiptop, topnotch, top-notch,
             tops(p)]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "first-rate":
     ace, admirable, crack, excellent, exceptional, extraordinary, fine,
     first-class, great, high-grade, matchless, outstanding, prime,
     remarkable, superb, superior, top, top-notch, unparalleled,
     unsurpassed, wizard
  
  

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