Definition of head and shoulders above in English:

head and shoulders above

phrase

informal
  • Far superior to.

    ‘you were just head and shoulders above all the other girls’
    • ‘Several pupils stood head and shoulders above all other applicants, getting one of the top five marks in individual subjects.’
    • ‘When he is in full flow he is easily head and shoulders above all other footballers.’
    • ‘The truth is Henry has been head and shoulders above all other goalscorers this season.’
    • ‘While it only gives you one eighth or so of the total live experience, it's still head and shoulders above most minimal mix CDs out there.’
    • ‘There they stand, head and shoulders above all others, some aggressive and pushy, others large and showy.’
    • ‘In fact, the entire relationship has a very odd, pragmatic air to it that makes this stand head and shoulders above most of the rest of the field.’
    • ‘But one stands out, head and shoulders above all the others.’
    • ‘He stood head and shoulders above all his contemporaries inside and outside the University.’
    • ‘This tended to detract from the fact that it was a good game in its own right, and to my mind still head and shoulders above most of the competition.’
    • ‘Having said all this, there are at least three future classics here and it's still head and shoulders above what most contemporaries are achieving.’
    outclass, surpass, be superior to, be better than, outshine, overshadow, eclipse, dwarf, put in the shade, upstage, transcend
    top, cap, trump, trounce, beat, defeat, better, put to shame, exceed, leave behind, outrank
    be a cut above, run rings round, leave standing, walk away from
    outrival, outvie
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