head and shoulders above

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of head and shoulders above

used to say that someone or something is much better than others
  • They are/stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Word by Word Definitions

shoulder play shoulders
  1. : the laterally projecting part of the human body formed of the bones and joints with their covering tissue by which the arm is connected with the trunk

  2. : the region of the body of nonhuman vertebrates that corresponds to the shoulder but is less projecting

  3. : the two shoulders and the upper part of the back

  1. : to push or thrust with or as if with the shoulder : jostle

  2. : to place or bear on the shoulder

  3. : to assume the burden or responsibility of

above play
  1. : in the sky : overhead

  2. : in or to heaven

  3. : in or to a higher place

  1. : in or to a higher place than : over

  2. : upriver of

  3. : superior to (as in rank, quality, or degree)

  1. : something that is above

  2. : a person whose name is written above

  3. : a higher authority

  1. : written or discussed higher on the same page or on a preceding page


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