1. (orig. US) valued or esteemed highly.
|implied in stand ace-high|
|Four Million (1915) 123: From the very first dose he was ace-high and everybody else looked like thirty cents to her.‘The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein’ in|
|Taking the Count 341: You’re a smart fellow [...] You’re ace-high with the newspaper men.‘For the Pictures’ in|
|Leave it to Psmith (1993) 498: This guy’s ace-high with Lady Constance.|
|Here’s Luck 173: You seem to be ace high with the manager, and you’re terrible well in.|
|Dames Don’t Care (1960) 92: She was aces high with Granworth.|
|Sudden Takes the Trail 121: Him an’ the marshal are ace-high.|
|AS XVIII:4 256: A knock-out sketch of a hot baby and an ace-high sport got beat up by some tough eggs before the cops woke up. It was a dirty meal.‘Influence of American Sl. on Australia’ in|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 143: I don’t care how they dress or how they look, / as long as they drink wine, they ace-high in my book.|
|Gonif 152: I had to pay my respects to the boys in St. Louis and Chicago [...] You’re sure ace-high with them, Charlie.|
|Semi-Tough 177: You’re aces high with me, Duke.|
|(con. 1900s) Shootist 151: Not three days ago he thought I was ace high.|
|Stand (1990) 1219: He’s ace-high with the tall man.|
2. (US) expert.
|Bottom Dogs 54: A big guy, who was aces high fightin’ micks.|
3. (orig. US prison) of an inmate, loyal, trustworthy, popular among his peers; note mis-defined as a n. in cit. 1931–4.
|Prison Community (1940) 330: aces high, n. Trustworthiness; a term reflecting trust and reliability in a person of the underworld.|
|Euphemisms 207: He will work to be considered aces high, one trusted by his fellow inmates.|
(US) to be highly esteemed (cf. stand ace (with) under ace n.).
|Courier (Lincoln, Neb.) 29 Sept. 13/3: Arthur Dunn stands aces high in popular estimation.|
|Artie (1963) 78: Ain’t I told you that anybody I bring stands ace-high?|
|Forty Modern Fables 18: You continue to stand Ace High with a lot of the Boys who seem to have passed me up.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 29 Sept. 20/1: I must admit I’m quite a guy [...] I stand with dad about aces high.|
|Broadax (Chicago) 22 Mar. 1/1: Hon. Julius Rosenwald, who stands ace high with the colored people.|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 414: It turned out that he really did know ’em; yes, and stood ace high with ’em, too.‘Mr. and Mrs. Fix-It’ in|
|Sel. Letters (1957) 103: Marianne gets little credit for her fight in New York but stands aces high with me for what she is doing.letter 11 Aug. in|
|Billboard 16 June 67/2: These boys are fast-money getters [...] Frankie is tops in his line and stands ace high with all.|
|Hornstein’s Boy 103: He’s nuttier than the proverbial fruit cake, but the people eat up his columns [...] and apparently he stands ace high with the famished overlords of the Ledger.|