tower above/over

phrasal verb

towered above/over; towering above/over; towers above/over
: to be much taller than (someone or something)
He towers over his sister.
The two skyscrapers tower above the other buildings of the city.
: to be much better or more important than (someone or something)
Her intellect towers above/over ours.

Examples of tower above/over in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The small city, tucked in the mountains of southwestern Oregon, sits inside the Umpqua Valley, where magnificent peaks tower over luscious pine forests and a maze of streams and waterfalls. Will Lanzoni, CNN Money, 23 Sep. 2023 Palm trees tower over 140 seats inside the new location that opened last November in the Fishtown neighborhood. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 End of carousel The coastal Big Bend area, less populous than Tampa on the peninsula’s west coast or Miami on the east, features pine forests that tower over three-story houses, oaks dripping with Spanish moss mixed into the palms, cattle farms and pecan stands next to seafood markets. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2023 Munising, Michigan Munising is a spectacular destination all year round, thanks to its eye-catching sandstone cliffs that tower over Lake Superior. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 19 Aug. 2023 The home is accessed via a long gated driveway, which leads you to the front steps and foyer, and is surrounded by lush landscaping, including mature trees that tower over the residence. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 8 May 2023 Yet, Goldin’s life story shared plenty with the filmmaker’s other work, in which individuals take terrific risks to confront forces that tower over them. Steve Dollar, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2022 Strolling the wide, shaded Mar Vista Avenue is a respite from busy Lake Avenue, and cedars and cypresses tower above pollinator gardens full of black sage and California poppies. Dakota Kim, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2023 The facade of the old Michigan State Fair Riding Coliseum, built in 1922, also is being preserved and will tower over a future public park. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 26 July 2023 See More

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“Tower above/over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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