a breed apart

a breed apart

A type or group of people that is markedly superior to or unique from most others. Citizens from that state have long considered themselves a breed apart from the rest of the country, and there has been a growing movement to gain secession in recent years. Watching her performance on the field yesterday, it is clearer than ever that the team's captain is truly a breed apart.
See also: apart, breed
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a breed apart

a kind of person or thing that is very different from the norm.
See also: apart, breed
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In those days, we had only two large airships and lighter-than-air personnel were regarded as a breed apart, highly qualified and motivated professionals.