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Equal to none

Posted by R. Berg on January 07, 2008

In Reply to: Equal to none posted by Arlene Hanson on January 07, 2008

: What is the meaning of "equal to none"? I think it means "superior, better than others," while some think it means "bottom of the heap".

It could also mean "in a class by itself." Context is needed. I'd lean toward "bottom of the heap." A similar phrase, "without equal," means "superior to all others," but that phrase is only similar, not identical.

"Equal to none" isn't a common phrase. It may have resulted from a writer's or speaker's failure to choose words that would communicate clearly. ~rb