Posted by Fred on January 02, 2004

In Reply to: Idiom posted by HCD on January 02, 2004

: Plese, I'd like to know what's the meaning of the expression: took a first. Example: In 1916 Aldous Huxley took a first in English at Balliol College, Oxford...

'took a first' = 'graduated with a first-class honors degree' (Huxley was
in an honors program and excelled -- got an A.)