cut above

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. An entrant's essay must be a cut above for it to win our top prize. Trust me, Johannes is a cut above. If you want the best legal advice money can buy, he's your man.
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cut above something

a measure or degree better than something else. Your shirt is beautiful, but mine is a cut above yours.
See also: above, cut
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cut above

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]
See also: above, cut
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a cut aˈbove somebody/something

better than somebody/something: This is a cut above the average weekly magazine — it publishes very good articles and short stories.
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No; he had only received a cut above the temple, and perhaps a few bruises from the fall, or the hoofs of his own pony: that could not kill him if he lay there half the day; and, if he could not help himself, surely some one would be coming by: it would be impossible that a whole day should pass and no one traverse the road but ourselves.
He had got, in some way or other, a cut above his left eyebrow -- a cut to the bone.
Cut above Eva is doing her bit to help kids in need
PS11.99 Dourthe Reserve 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Majestic This refreshing sauvignon blanc is a cut above, with a lemony taste and not too acidic.
One of them was a cut above the rest because it involved realizing a dream.
Fury sustained a cut above his left eye in sparring a fortnight ago and the wound re-opened when Pulev caught him with a jab in the second round of their IBF heavyweight title eliminator.
Hughie sustained a cut above his left eye in sparring a fortnight ago and the wound re-opened when Pulev caught him with a jab in the second round of their IBF heavyweight title eliminator.
Tom has now created a network of more than 200 hairdressers and stylists CUT ABOVE Chapman, right, with Paul Richardson A CUT ABOVE Tom Chapman, right, with client Paul Richardson
Ravena's self-awareness puts him a cut above the rest.
Corrie crimpers are a cut above CORRIE may be going through a transition period but it is still capable of laugh-out-loud moments.
Coming little less than a week after his wife Linda died, viewers will come to this with a much more acute sense of how important the 1950s was for the Treforest-born singer, as not only was it the decade he fell in love with rock 'n' roll, but he also fell head over heels for local girl Melinda Trenchard - whom he described in his recent autobiography as "a cut above me academically and a cut above me socially, too".
They eased past Mount Carmel 5-2, with star performer Tom Watkinson a cut above the rest.
However, they are still a cut above promoted Bournemouth and the previous week's win at Chelsea and their battling draw at Anfield on Sunday are more accurate illustrations of Southampton's capabilities.
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This is a restaurant with ambition: "elegant steakhouses with elegant interiors that are a cut above the rest", it says on the website.