From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe a cut above somebody/somethingbe a cut above somebody/somethingBETTERto be much better than someone else or something else 🔊 The movie is a cut above recent thrillers. 🔊 He proved himself to be a cut above the rest. →cut
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be a cut above somebody/something• All were a cut above the Polynesian houses.• Apparently this fellerwas a cut above the average.• She had quickly realized that he was a cut above the other men at the table.• Cutting edge: A small Stockton hair salon is proving it is a cut above the rest in competitions.• The lasagna at Bella Miais a cut above other restaurants' versions.• Morton was a cut above the average nob, that was for sure.