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head and shoulders above (someone or something)

Significantly better than someone or something. I think John should definitely get the job—he's head and shoulders above all the other applicants.
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head and shoulders above someone or something

Fig. clearly superior to someone or something. (Often with stand, as in the example.) This wine is head and shoulders above that one. John stands head and shoulders above Bob.
See also: above, and, head, shoulder
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

head and shoulders above

Greatly superior to, as in This book is head and shoulders above her first one. This expression transfers physical stature to other kinds of status. [Mid-1800s]
See also: above, and, head, shoulder
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.

head and shoulders above

by far superior to. informal
1996 Time Out The film stands head and shoulders above 99.9 per cent of post-70's Hollywood product.
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head and ˈshoulders above somebody/something

very much better, greater, etc. than somebody/something: He’s head and shoulders above the other candidates.
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