head and shoulders


Definition of head and shoulders

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

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a performance that was head and shoulders above all the others in the talent competition
Recent Examples on the Web Lift your head and shoulders up, with fingertips lightly placed on the back of your head. Rozalynn S. Frazier, Health.com, "The 21-Day Mini Resistance Band Challenge That Will Tone and Strengthen Your Entire Body," 10 July 2020 By sixth grade, Patterson had her first college offer and there was no looking back for a girl that was often literally head and shoulders above the rest. Jeremy Price, The Indianapolis Star, "IU women's basketball transfer Danielle Patterson poised for leadership role on, off court," 8 July 2020 By that measure, Jenna Marbles is head and shoulders beyond a great many YouTubers. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "After 10 Years, Jenna Marbles Has Quit YouTube Over Accusations Of Racism," 27 June 2020 Already standing over 6-feet tall, Cox was head and shoulders above the other players at the camp, showing a deft shooting touch for someone her size and a feel for the game far beyond her age. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Fever rookie Lauren Cox: Competitor, inspiration, ready to return basketball," 21 June 2020 Still, the driver's poop-deck view is lower than the big utes' but head and shoulders above a car's. Steve Spence, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1997 Honda CR-V Launches Honda into the SUV Race," 9 June 2020 Pine boughs shield everything but my head and shoulders from the deer below. Natalie Krebs, Field & Stream, "What Happens When a Hit Deer Vanishes?," 29 May 2020 The boxes provide a plexiglass-like hood over the head and shoulders of the patient who is being intubated. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "After COVID-19, expect more masks, virtual medicine and worry in Arizona hospitals," 28 May 2020 Leave a small bit of room above your head and aim to include at least your head and shoulders in the frame. New York Times, "Share Your Story and Photos From the Coronavirus Front Lines Around the World," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of head and shoulders

1642, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2020

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“Head and shoulders.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head%20and%20shoulders. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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