above all


Definition of above all

: before every other consideration : especially

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Recent Examples on the Web The docuseries is a behind-the-scenes look at Jordan’s greatness and how the Bulls stood above all other NBA teams. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "George Foster sees similarities between Big Red Machine and 'Last Dance' Chicago Bulls," 11 May 2020 But over many decades, the main guiding principles – democracy, free markets, trade and, perhaps above all, human rights and the rule of law – became more and more widely accepted, or at least aspired to. Greg Fitzgerald, The Christian Science Monitor, "London-based Ned Temko navigates us through challenging times," 28 Apr. 2020 But there was a path that would recognize the constraints of international diplomacy, but still put the health of billions above all else. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "The WHO Shouldn’t Be a Plaything For Great Powers," 16 Apr. 2020 This formulation fails to consider that a president might prioritize his personal fate above all other concerns, and thus brush aside any legislative inquiries into his wrongdoing altogether. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Eyes an Escape Hatch From Trump’s Corruption," 28 Apr. 2020 But this year, above all others, there are things growing besides native perennials and annual weeds. oregonlive, "Now is the time to start a veggie garden from seeds; here’s how," 10 Apr. 2020 Some Christians like to think of God as above all that, knowing everything, in charge of everything, calm and unaffected by the troubles in his world. N.t. Wright, Time, "Christianity Offers No Answers About the Coronavirus. It's Not Supposed To," 29 Mar. 2020 Why do men of a certain age place Koufax, who retired at age 30, above all others? Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "From The Summer Game to Friday Night Lights, Tim Cowlishaw ranks his top 50 sports books of all-time," 28 Mar. 2020 Wright said that above all, social distancing measures must be taken seriously to help keep the pandemic from overwhelming the health care system. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "What to do if you think you were exposed to the coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of above all

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Above all.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/above%20all. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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