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.