[ adjective ] (informal) 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"
Used in print(Guy Endore, Voltaire! Voltaire!...)
But then , after the little operetta had been given its feeble amateur rendering , everyone insisted that it was too good to be lost forever , and that the Royal_Academy_of_Music must now have the manuscript in_order to give it the really first-rate performance it merited .
[ adverb ] quite well
"she doesn't feel first-rate today"