Phrasal-Adjectives – Letter C (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Adjectival Phrases – Letter C  –


  • (to be) A Cut Above The Rest – this is an Idiomatic, Adjectival and Prepositional Phrasal-Noun which is used to express that:  Someone or something is significantly better than “the rest”.  The noun “cut” could be referring to a “cut” of meat, or it could be referring to the “cut” of a fine suit.  This phrase is an “old” one (meaning that it is older than me) 😀 and – as such – the origin is not clear.  However, the use is clear…

GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! is clearly unique among the English language websites.  In fact the others don’t even compare.  You could say that  GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! is a cut above the rest.” 😉

(Also Note that “The Rest” is a Noun Phrase, and has nothing to do with the normal usage of the word “Rest”)

  • (to be) ClearCut – This is an idiomatic phrasal adjective which is usually used to describe things like decisions / answers / information / etc., and means that the decision / answer / or information presented is “clear”, decisive, simple and can not me mis-construed or mis-understood in any way  –   Read the Full Post Here

  • (to [not] be) Cut Out For (something) – This is an Idiomatic & Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which means:  To [not] be “right” for something (activity), or that one does[n’t] “fit” in a certain position (career).  This phrase probably comes from the time when, if a man wanted a suit, he had to go to the tailor to have one made especially for him.  The tailor would take the measurements and each piece was “cut out” especially for him, so that it would fit perfectly…  So if someone else tried to wear it, most likely it wouldn’t fit.  This phrase, however, reverses that to say that a person is not “cut out for” (does not have the right qualities or skills) to do a certain job or activity.  –  (Note Also:  This phrase is almost always used in the negative)

  • (to be) In Charge / In Charge Of (something) – The first phrase, without the preposition “of” just means to be the boss, manager, leader, main decision-maker.  The second phrase, with the preposition “of” means the same thing, but is used to be either more specific or to say that one is responsible for a specific thing (project, team, department) but nay not be the main decision-maker or boss.


–  ( Phrasal-AdjectivesLetter C )  –


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