stand head and shoulders above

stand head and shoulders above (someone or something)

To be significantly better than or superior to someone or something. Though they were not favored to win, the underdogs stood head and shoulders above their competition on the field. All of the projects on display were excellent, but this one stands head and shoulders above the rest. I think John should definitely get the job—he stood head and shoulders above the other applicants.
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stand head and shoulders above someone or something

Fig. [for someone or something] to be considerably superior to someone or something. Alice stands head and shoulders above all the rest of the people we interviewed. Your proposal stands head and shoulders above the rest.
See also: above, and, head, shoulder, stand
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This recently expanded restaurant truly does stand head and shoulders above many other local Thai cafes.