put above

put (someone or something) above (someone or something)

1. Literally, to place or designate someone or something in a higher position than someone or something else. I want to put our wedding photo above the mantelpiece in the living room. The cabin only had bunk beds because it was so small, so we took the bottom bunk and put the kids above us.
2. By extension, to put greater value on someone or something, or to regard someone or something more highly or favorably, than someone or something else. You really shouldn't put the needs of your company above the needs of your family. I always felt like Mom put our baby brother above Tommy and I when we were growing up.
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put someone or something above someone or something

to place someone or something at a higher level than someone or something. The captain put one soldier above the wall so he could see trouble coming. In the painting, the artist put an angel above the small shed.
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References in classic literature ?
But as has been said, "No English poet can be put above Coleridge when only quality and not quantity is demanded."* Of The Ancient Mariner I have already told you, although perhaps it is too full of fearsomeness for you to read yet.
He is over young, too, to hold such rank, and to be put above men whose heads are beginning to bleach; and yet they say he is a soldier in his knowledge, and a gallant gentleman!"
"I say, sir, that with the eyes fixed on the social organization of nations, you see only the springs of the machine, and lose sight of the sublime workman who makes them act; I say that you do not recognize before you and around you any but those office-holders whose commissions have been signed by a minister or king; and that the men whom God has put above those office-holders, ministers, and kings, by giving them a mission to follow out, instead of a post to fill -- I say that they escape your narrow, limited field of observation.
But she's mortal high and passionate-- powerful high and passionate; and what with having notice to leave, and having others put above her, she don't take kindly to it."
It is his own interest, not the Welsh national interest, that Mr Johnson will put above all else."
Summary: Durgapur (West Bengal), [India], Feb 2 (ANI): BJP National Secretary Rahul Sinha on Saturday stated that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's posters were deliberately being put above Prime Minister Narendra Modi's banners in Durgapur.
This country has suffered far too long in the hands of confirmed criminals and egocentric lunatics because institutional protection has been put above the vital interest of the people.
"I call on all Mexicans to reconciliation, and to put above their personal interests, however legitimate, the greater interest, the general interest," he said.
She never worked in 20 years of marriage and, sadly, her needs were put above all others including their children.
Umno's struggles must be put above individual needs,' explained the village chief.
(Un-employment in Iran was officially put above 10% but youth un-employment was around 25%, making job creation vital.
THIS is what happens when you can't punish people properly and the rights of the criminals often seem to be put above those of the victims.
He said: "We suffered because of a disgusting predator, but we also suffered sometimes because the sport we loved decided that the reputation of a coach, club or a sport was put above the protection of children.