One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a church tower’
column, pillar, obelisk
1‘he towered above her’
soar, rise, loom, ascend, mount, rear, reach high, stand high
overshadow, overlook, overhang, hang over, dominate
2‘tourism towers over all other features of the urban economy’
surpass, excel, outshine, outclass, outstrip, overshadow, cap, top, transcend, trump, dominate, eclipse, dwarf, be head and shoulders above, put something in the shade, put something to shame
upstage, beat, better
informal be a cut above, run circles around, run rings around, leave something standing
archaic outrival, outvie
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