More than anything else, as in A winter hike calls for good equipment, but above all it requires careful planning. This phrase first appears in William Langland's Piers Ploughman (1377), in which the narrator exhorts readers to love the Lord God above all. Also see first and last.
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Hovering above the scene, commandos in helicopters were poised with automatic rifles.
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The benefits of incumbency are quite potent, especially in the all-important area of raising campaign funds.
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It contains above eighty thousand houses, and about six hundred thousand inhabitants.
He didn't need to wait—as the birds did—until an angleworm stuck his head above ground.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
It is then we make him our friend, which sets us above the envy and contempt of wicked men.
We had now approached closely to the foot of the mountain-ranges, and their lofty summits were high above us in mid-air.
Above all, he was amazed to hear me talk of a mercenary standing army in the midst of peace and among a free people.