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out of this world

Meaning: used to describe something that is exceptionally good, impressive, or remarkable.

Example: The food at that restaurant is out of this world. Read more ➺

poles apart

Meaning: completely different and opposite.

Example: In personality and culture, the couple are poles apart. Read more ➺

diamond in the rough

Meaning: someone or something of high quality but undeveloped.

Example: I found an old coin while gardening. I think it's a diamond in the rough. Read more ➺

cut from the same cloth

Meaning: share similar qualities.

Example: The new partners were cut from the same cloth—they had innovative ideas and ambitions for growth. Read more ➺

step up your game

Meaning: to enhance performance, quality, skills, or talents.

Example: Matthew said to Sarah, "Step up your game," to which she replied, "I already have by memorizing every act in Shakespeare's The Tempest this week." Read more ➺

not all it’s cracked up to be

Meaning: Not as good as people say it is.

Example: The highly ranked institutions in Boston aren't all they're cracked up to be. Read more ➺

class act

Meaning: high-quality performance or display; additionally, the performer

Example: LeBron James has truly been a class act in basketball long before he entered the NBA. Read more ➺

straight shooter

Meaning: someone who speaks the truth

Example: I really like Ken. He's a straight shooter, that's for sure. Read more ➺

set the bar

Meaning: fix the standards acceptable for the task

Example: Don't set the bar so high that it's impossible to achieve anything. Read more ➺

lower the bar

Meaning: to lower standards or expectations

Example: The revision bill aims to lower the bar on picking candidates. Read more ➺