Head Of The Class

Meaning of Idiom ‘Head of the Class’

To be at the head of the class means to be the best student in the class or the leader in a particular field or industry. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.

Usage

When head of the class is used to refer to a student, it can refer to the best pupil in a specific class or the best in a particular school, grade level, or university subject. Otherwise, it may refer to almost any person, group, organization, or company.

Examples Of Use

“Tamara was chosen for the internship because she is at the head of her class in Archaeology.”

“Forester Sign Company makes all the signs for our business. They are definitely at the head of the class in signage.”

“In this new frontier of computer animation technology, one studio is at the head of the class.”

Head of the class idiom meaning

Origin

Like many such idioms, this idiom uses head to refer to the best or top. 2Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003. It has been used since at least the late 1700s.

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1, 2. Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.