a cut above somebody/something
a cut above
Noticeably superior to others within the same category. With his vast experience and charming personality, it was clear to see that Gary was a cut above the rest of the candidates who interviewed for the sales position.
cut above something
a measure or degree better than something else. Your shirt is beautiful, but mine is a cut above yours.
Someone or something that is superior to examples of a similar nature, as in This book is a cut above his previous one. This idiom uses cut in the sense of "a higher degree or stage." [Early 1800s]
a cut aboveor
a cut above the rest
COMMON If someone or something is a cut above or a cut above the rest, they are better than other people or things of the same type. Joan Smith's detective stories are a cut above the rest. I hate to be predictable, but just like the last 18 singles from this band, it's a cut above.
a cut abovesuperior to. informal
1998 Spectator Samuel was a scholar…and his contributions are a cut above the rest.
a cut aˈbove somebody/somethingbetter than somebody/something: This is a cut above the average weekly magazine — it publishes very good articles and short stories.
a cut above
One that is superior to another or others.