Through his hard work, he finally came to the fore.
John towers above the rest in math. (in a class by itself; out of the common run)
without precedent （in history）：His excellent performance at that play is without precedent in history.
His cruelty to animals make our hair stand on end.
took my breath away：What he did really took my breath away.
Because of a blast, that new house just committed to the flames.
alive and kicking：Nessie says it is alive and kicking under different names By Sussy.
John always pulls rank on others.来自
started from scratch：He is a successful business who started from scratch.
to bear hardship without complaint?
tower：高耸，屹立， 超过，胜过，塔 【常用词组】①a tower of strength：中流砥柱，中流砥柱 ②water tower ：自来水塔
in a class by itself：独一无二(独具一格)
hair stand on end：毛骨悚然，令人发指hardship：艰难，苦难，辛苦 【常用短语】①hardship subsidy 生活困难补贴 ②economic hardship：经济困难