head and shoulders


Definition of head and shoulders

: beyond comparison : by far head and shoulders above the competition

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far and away

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Examples of head and shoulders in a Sentence

a performance that was head and shoulders above all the others in the talent competition

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To wit: One of the menu’s most popular items is Crispy Pig Face, whose pithy name belies its long prep time of smoking pork heads and shoulders. Michael Meyer, New York Times, "A Pittsburgh Area Restaurant That Trades Fussy for Fun," 7 July 2018 Pull the left leg toward you while lifting your head and shoulders off the floor. Harper's BAZAAR, "Problem Solving Guide for Your Body," 24 Jan. 2014 The top five are head and shoulders above the rest. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "What’s the best job in the Pac-12? Even coaches say there’s an obvious hierarchy," 25 Oct. 2018 The first attack took place around 4 a.m. when the suspect, who is also believed to be homeless, cracked a bat across the head and shoulders of a man in his late 50s, the Los Angeles Times reported. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "3 homeless men in critical condition after bat attack, LAPD hunts for suspect," 18 Sep. 2018 Passenger room is equally good, with loads of head and shoulder room. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: 2018 Land Rover Velar interior redefines SUV luxury," 6 May 2018 While England have produced good and great players over the decades, one man simply stands head and shoulders above all others, rightfully earning the tag of England's greatest ever player. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 13 Weeks to Go - East-End Hero Bobby Moore, England's Greatest Ever Player," 24 Mar. 2018 The first round struck Chance in front of the left ear, and the others entered the back of his head and shoulders. Cathy Locke, sacbee, "What happened to CHP officer who fatally shot his neighbor in dispute over fence? | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Apr. 2018 After the lesson, Langi stands near the passenger side of the car, his head and shoulders fully visible over its roof. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The soon-to-be biggest thing in football has no idea what he's in for: Inside 425-pound Motekiai Langi's path to BYU," 21 July 2016

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1642, in the meaning defined above

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