on a par with

As good as, equal to, as in This violinist may be an amateur but he's on a par with professional orchestral players. The noun par has meant “that which is equal” since the mid-1600s; the idiom here was first recorded in 1832.


Nearby words

  1. omw,
  2. on,
  3. on a dime,
  4. on a first-name basis,
  5. on a limb,
  6. on a pedestal, put,
  7. on a rampage,
  8. on a roll,
  9. on a shoestring,
  10. on a string

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