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ABOVE. Literally higher in place: But in law this word is sometimes used to designate the superior court, or one which may revise proceedings of an inferior court error, from such inferior jurisdiction. The court of error is called the court above; the court whose proceedings are to be examined is called the court below.
     2. By bail above, is understood bail to the action entered with the prothonotary or clerk, which is an appearance. See Bail above. The bail given to the Sheriff, in civil cases, when the defendant is arrested on bailable process, is called bail below; (q.v.) vide Below.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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I'm not above greed although I like to tie my investments to community building of one kind or another.
"I wasn't afraid to get my hands dirty and I would go back to that if I was sacked tomorrow - I'm not above that.
"I know I'm not above nobody, and so I'm here learning how I can get some help."
He said: "I'm going to keep it because every time I look at that car it's going to remind me I'm not above anyone else."
Maybe that last one isn't as fun-packed and glamorous as the rest, but now my column has key words in it, ensuring it will be a hit on many hot internet searches - I'm not above using shenanigans to get people to somehow read this column.
And when making an errand run in the summer I'm not above just sticking one of those J-frame S&Ws in my hip pocket where the loose shirt covers it.
"I'm not above using this fact of my exotic past to woo boys (and girls), to get sympathy, to get attention," she admits.