Over and Above

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Meaning of Idiom 'Over and Above'

Over and above means in addtion to; besides something else. 1,2

Compare to Above and Beyond.


"If you buy a car, you'll have a monthly payment and the cost of maintenance and gas. Over and above that you'll have to pay for auto insurance."

"Just because this job pays a bit less than your old job doesn't mean you shouldn't consider it. Remember that over and above the pay you'll get more vacation time and better medical benefits, not to mention profit sharing."


Used since the early 1500's. 3

1. Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.
2. Manser, M. H., and I. McCaig. A Learner's Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford University Press, 1986.
3. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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