Cream of the crop

Idiom

Cream of the crop

Definition

means the best of a group or collection

Examples

Our professor always picks the cream of the crop for the honors program.

We only hire the cream of the crop for our engineering team.

The cream of the crop was chosen to receive the scholarship.

He always strives to be the cream of the crop.

She is the cream of the crop when it comes to medical students.

Origin

from the practice of dairy farmers skimming the cream off the surface of the milk

FAQs

Question

What does ‘cream of the crop’ mean?

Answer

It is an idiom that means the best of a group or collection.

Question

Where did the phrase come from?

Answer

It originated from the practice of dairy farmers skimming the cream off the surface of the milk.