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What does the boldened part of this sentence mean?:

  • As it turned out this man (a senior Foreign Affairs Advisor) was a considerable cut above the bush leaguers we had been dealing with.
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It is an idiomatic expression:

be a cut above

better than other people or things

  • All of his books are good, but this one is a cut above (the rest). She's a cut above the other competitors and should win easily.

(M-W)

  • So the text means that he was considerably better than other bush leaguers.
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  • He's not a bush leaguer; he's better than a bush leaguer. A bush-leaguer is a second-rate performer. See dictionary. – Peter Shor Mar 27 at 12:37

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