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beat all

To be beyond the bounds of imagination or belief, as in a surprising, shocking, or amazing occurrence. Well that beats all! I wasn't expecting to have you here for Christmas!
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beat the Dutch

obsolete To surpass expectation, imagination, or belief. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Look at the fanfare, the fireworks, the massive crowd! This celebration truly beats the Dutch!
See also: beat, Dutch

beat all

Surpass anything, especially in a strange or amazing way, as in Adam and his cousin Eve eloped-doesn't that beat all! This phrase appears to have replaced beat the Dutch. It is often used in a negative construction, as in the example. [Slang; first half of 1800s] Also see to beat the band.
See also: all, beat

beat the Dutch

see under beat all.
See also: beat, Dutch

beat all

To be impressive or amazing. Often used in negative conditional constructions: If that doesn't beat all!
See also: all, beat