be above someone


be above someone
look down on; be disdainful; be contemptuous; be better than

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • (a) cut above someone — a cut above (someone/something) better than other people or things. The songs on his new album are definitely a cut above the ones on his last CD …   New idioms dictionary

  • head and shoulders above someone — head and shoulders above (someone/something) much better than other similar people or things. Chicago s basketball team may be the oldest, but it is still head and shoulders above the rest of the league …   New idioms dictionary

  • be a cut above someone — be a cut above (something/someone) to be better than other things or people. This dark chocolate contains 70% cocoa solids. It s a cut above ordinary chocolate. Our new luxury apartments are a cut above the rest …   New idioms dictionary

  • above — [ə buv′] adv. [ME above(n) < OE abūfan, onbūfan, overhead, above < on , intens. + bufan < be, BY + ufan, over, on high] 1. in, at, or to a higher place; overhead; up 2. in or to heaven 3. at a previous place (in a piece of writing):… …   English World dictionary

  • above the salt — This means that something or someone has a high position …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • above — [[t]əbʌ̱v[/t]] ♦♦ 1) PREP If one thing is above another one, it is directly over it or higher than it. He lifted his hands above his head... Apartment 46 was a quiet apartment, unlike the one above it... He was staring into the mirror above him.… …   English dictionary

  • above — a|bove [ ə bʌv ] function word *** Above can be used in the following ways: as a preposition (followed by a noun): The birds were flying high above the trees. as an adverb (without a following noun): She stared up at the stars above. as an… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • above — 1 preposition 1 in a higher position than something: Our office is above the hairdresser s. | Raise your: arms above your head. see also: over 1, opposite below1 (1) 2 more than a particular number, amount, or level: 500 feet above sea level |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • above */*/*/ — UK [əˈbʌv] / US adjective, adverb, preposition Summary: Above can be used in the following ways: as a preposition (followed by a noun): The birds were flying high above the trees. as an adverb (without a following noun): She stared up at the… …   English dictionary

  • above*/*/*/ — [əˈbʌv] grammar word summary: Above can be: ■ a preposition: The birds were flying high above the trees. ■ an adverb: She stared up at the stars above. ■ an adjective: Please reply to the above address. 1) in a higher position at a higher level… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English


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