head and shoulders

adverb

Definition of head and shoulders

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web On the track, Schwartz was head and shoulders above competitors. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, 1 May 2021 On the other, there is no blue chip edge rusher head and shoulders above the rest of a defensive end class that features a lot of remarkable athletes with significant questions clouding the evaluation. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Apr. 2021 But someone who has spent the time cultivating gravitas in their personal lives always stands out head and shoulders above the rest. Jon Michail, Forbes, 10 May 2021 And communicating is harder with only a head and shoulders to look at. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, 16 Apr. 2021 To nominate a mother whose heroism deserves recognition, email a clear, head and shoulders photo and the story of her strength and giving spirit to kate@kateemery.com. courant.com, 19 Mar. 2021 Key West is full of cruise charters, but this progressive tour company is head and shoulders above the rest for its commitment to sustainability and environmental education. Tracey Minkin, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2021 Officers found Salas dead in an upstairs bedroom, with a shower curtain wrapped around his body, a trash bag over his head and shoulders and another trash bag over his lower legs. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 1 Mar. 2021 All kinds of arguments are used, but here are three that rise head and shoulders above the others. John C. Goodman, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of head and shoulders

1642, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of head and shoulders was in 1642

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8 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Head and shoulders.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head%20and%20shoulders. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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