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a notch above

a. (context idiomatic English) superior to; of a higher quality than

Usage examples of "a notch above".

But even that's a notch above someone deaf trying to pass for hearing—.

That was a notch above even the blacksmith's domestic grandeurs, and it hit him hard.

Asbury Park is the worldly correlative of Ocean Grove, and esteems itself a notch above it in social tone.