leave (something or someone) standing

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leave (something or someone) standing

To completely outclass, outperform, or surpass someone or something else. There is no question that their latest smartphone leaves every other model on the market standing. The Scottish rugby team left the rest standing in this year's Six Nations tournament.
See also: leave, standing

leave someone or something standing

(of a person or thing) be much better or faster than someone or something else.

leave somebody/something ˈstanding

(informal) be much better than somebody/something: In maths and science she leaves the others standing.
References in classic literature ?
The door was opened after he had knocked twice, and he went in, leaving us standing in the street.
As a result our train was massively over booked and all reservations were scrapped, leaving us standing most of the way to London.
Behind Madrid maybe, but closer to home - Manchester, London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Nottingham and others are leaving us standing at the platform.
We buzzed the intercom but the shamed millionaire did not have the decency to answer, leaving us standing outside his impressive home with three luxury cars parked outside.
25 billion fortune of the world's richest man, Microsoft's Bill Gates, he adds: "The US is leaving us standing and we will lag further behind each year.
These were the people we had a history with -- this was our support system, driving away and leaving us standing in a new world, a strange place -- Oz.