head and shoulders

adverb

Definition of head and shoulders 

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

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Synonyms for head and shoulders

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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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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 This combination of clock speed and core count would put it head and shoulders above any other processor on the market, so the demonstration was more than a little surprising. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel isn’t going to be launching a 28-core 5GHz processor this year after all," 8 June 2018 Most of the images here are head and shoulders only, but two zoom out to encompass nearly an entire figure. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Like song sampling as painting: Nathaniel Mary Quinn's puzzle-like portraits of personhood," 6 June 2018 There’s no color to begin with, just blank creamy paper embossed with the head and shoulders of a baby, with little cutouts for the eyes and nostrils. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "The Wonderful World of Color," 1 June 2018 During labor, your cervix dilates, opening enough to accommodate the baby’s head and shoulders. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "Everything to Know About Having a C-Section Versus Vaginal Birth," 15 May 2018 All-Star race at Charlotte as the one guy head and shoulders above everyone else. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Kevin Harvick chasing perfection after fifth win in 12 races," 13 May 2018

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1642, in the meaning defined above

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