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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Tillman leaped and reached over the head and shoulders of Moss and outfought him for the ball for a game-saving interception. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 38, Charles Tillman," 30 July 2019 The man who went over in 2012 sustained wounds to his head and shoulder, a collapsed lung, and chest and rib injuries, the Star reported. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "A man was swept over Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls, police say. He survived.," 10 July 2019 According to authorities in Nevada, there was only one known photo of Silvani: a black and white head and shoulder shot of her from the 1966 Mackenzie High School yearbook. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "She was killed 37 years ago — and her friends just found out: 'She was my bridesmaid'," 7 June 2019 During his 303 appearances for the Gunners, the World Cup winner became an elite attacking midfielder, often carrying the side to respectable finishes and was clearly head and shoulders above his teammates. SI.com, "The 10 Most Ridiculously Stupid Things Arsenal Have Done in the Past 15 Years," 19 June 2019 Mandy Harrison, in Jordan, Minn., draped a mosquito net over her head and shoulders to do yard work. Kris Maher, WSJ, "The Black Fly Is Here for Your Blood—and Dignity," 16 June 2019 The resulting image has a human face on the palm of a hand with palmetto leaves draped on the head and shoulders. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Beyond Truth: Photography After the Shutter’ Review: The Ever-Evolving Image," 23 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of head and shoulders

1642, in the meaning defined above

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