a cut above average

a cut above average

Considered not the best but a little above average. The quality of this dress isn't the finest that I've seen, but it is a cut above average. Your essay was only a cut above average, and you really need to wow the judges to win the top prize. I haven't been that impressed with any of the candidates for the sales position—they've been just a cut above average.
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a cut above average

better than average. John isn't the best mechanic in town, but he's a cut above average.
See also: above, average, cut
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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