–  Prepositional Phrases – Above  –

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]A[/su_dropcap]n Alphabetical list of English Prepositional Phrases using the word “Above”  –  If you do not see the Phrase you are looking for, please let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to add it for you at my earliest convenience.


  • (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) Head And Shoulders Above (another/others) – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which is used to mean that someone is much better at something than another or others.  Imagine two people standing next to each other.  If one person is so much shorter than the other, that the top of that person’s head does not even com up to the shoulders of the other, then that person’s head and shoulders are above them…  This does not mean that the taller person is better, but most people would agree that the taller person is significantly taller (not just a little bit.)  So this phrase is used figuratively to mean that someone is significantly better than another…  “Tony Hawk was such an incredibly good skateboarder that, when he was still competing, he was *head and shoulders* above everyone else.”

  • (to) Keep (one’s) Head Above Water – This idiomatic phrasal verb is often used to talk about being able to pay for all of one’s bills, either personally or in a business.  But more broadly, as it is making reference to not drowning, it is used to refer to not letting a difficult situation become completely overwhelming…  “It is often thought that during the first few years of a new business, it is difficult to *keep one’s head above water*, however, some people are able to do very well, right from the beginning.”

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