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Dear Ted:

Is there any difference between "to be above par" and "to be a cut above the rest"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Again, many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is there any difference between "to be above par" and "to be a cut above the rest"?

*** NO.  They mean the same thing.

EXAMPLES:

Jack's school assignments were FAR ABOVE PAR.  He always worked hard, which helped him to be a CUT ABOVE THE OTHER STUDENTS.

Jack was THE HEAD OF THE CLASS.  [SYNONYM]

Jane very cleverly named her beauty shop "A Cut Above."  Not only did she CUT hair well, but her reputation was that she was "superior to" [SYNONYM] the other hair stylists.

Ted  

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