Someone or something that is superior to examples of a similar nature, as in This book is a cut above his previous one. This idiom uses cut in the sense of “a higher degree or stage.” [Early 1800s]
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How to use cut above in a sentence
As a “source close to Clooney” reportedly told People magazine this year, Alamuddin is “on his level”—if not a cut above.
Q: So the key would be keeping the quality a cut above the competition then.
The nurse brought her sal volatile, and washed the small cut above her eyebrow.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
I had escaped with hardly a scratch; but I saw an ugly cut above his knee, and blood stealing down his bridle-arm.Sword and Gown | George A. Lawrence
In this partition there is a wide opening cut above a broad oak table.A Sportsman's Sketches | Ivan Turgenev
The chips are cut above and below, and then split off by the animal; the felled trees lay about us in every direction.Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2 | Maria R. Audubon
The lever is shown in Fig. 2, the cut above giving a side view and that below it a bottom view of this part of the trap.Deadfalls and Snares | A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding