above the norm


1. higher than what is regular or common






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the temperature was above the norm

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'The norm' is a way of talking about what is 'normal' or 'average' in terms of performance or results. Something 'above the norm', therefore, is above average or exceeds normal levels of achievement: "His test results were above the norm, even as a child." "We are selling at 5% above the norm for this time of year." This is a term that can be used in social and professional contexts. Similar phrases include 'above average', and 'out of the ordinary.'

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  1. My son's temperature was above the norm so I kept him home from school.
  2. He tested way above the norm of his peers, which was impressive.

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  1. Our Market Research data is in: our new product is projected to perform above the norm.
  2. This kind of process is very innovative and not the norm in our industry.

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