notch above

notch above (someone or something)

 and a notch better than (someone or something)
Fig. a little higher in quality than someone or something. This latest candidate we interviewed seems a notch above the rest, so let's hire her. That telescope is a notch better than the others in terms of magnification.
See also: above, notch
References in classic literature ?
That was a notch above even the black- smith's domestic grandeurs, and it hit him hard; you could see it.
For Kuwaiti banks, the CR Assessment is positioned, prior to government support, one notch above the Adjusted BCA and therefore above the starting point for senior unsecured and deposit ratings, reflecting Moody's view that its probability of default is lower than that of senior unsecured debt and deposits in the absence of government support.
3 degree Celsius' four notches above the season's average' while the minimum settled at 29 degrees Celsius' a notch above normal' MeT department officials said.
S&P on Friday cut the country's sovereign credit rating from BBB to BBB-, just one notch above junk, citing weak growth and poor competitiveness which undermine the sustainability of its huge public debt.
That's its lowest investment-grade rating and one notch above "junk" status.
Manning most likely merits his 25 years; however, how about the guy a notch above Manning who will stand with him?
Conclusion Looks a notch above this opposition and can complete a hat-trick.
Citing Puerto Rico's budget gap, New York-based Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered the government's general obligations rating to 'BBB-' from 'BBB', one notch above junk, reports News Is My Business (March 13, 2013).
ONE NOTCH FROM JUNK As investors wait for news on Spain's decision on the European bailout, ratings agency Moody's said on Monday it will publish a review on the country's sovereign debt, just one notch above junk grade, sometime this month.
The downgrade to the level of just a notch above speculative grade mainly reflected the Spanish government's intention to borrow up to 100 billion euros from the European Union's bailout fund to recapitalize its banking system, that will "further increase the country's debt burden," the rating agency said.
Those of us who carry the flag of a politician are viewed generally by the public as a form of low-life barely one notch above that of the bankers.
29 in the world and our health system being merely a notch above those of Russia and Cuba.
Rival Moody's already rates Portuguese bonds as junk, but Standard & Poor's rates them one notch above.
Fitch Ratings in August downgraded the country to BBB, one notch above Moody's Baa3.
Freshened up by a month's break and back on a more favourable surface, she is potentially a notch above these rivals.