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surpass someone or something in something

to exceed someone or something in some deed or quality. I will never be able to surpass Jill in speed or agility. My car surpasses yours in almost every respect.
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surpass oneself

To do the best that one ever has done at a given activity.
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But whatever might have been his fate, now that he was gone the natives multiplied their acts of kindness and attention towards myself, treating me with a degree of deference which could hardly have been surpassed had I been some celestial visitant.
The natural platform to which we had clambered was thickly overgrown with brambles, through which we soon discovered that it would have been impossible to force our way but for the scythe; and Jupiter, by direction of his master, proceeded to clear for us a path to the foot of an enormously tall tulip-tree, which stood, with some eight or ten oaks, upon the level, and far surpassed them all, and all other trees which I had then ever seen, in the beauty of its foliage and form, in the wide spread of its branches, and in the general majesty of its appearance.
After a lapse of half a century, he is writing this paragraph with a pain that would induce him to cancel it, were it not still more painful to have it believed that one whom he regarded with a reverence that surpassed the love of a brother was converted by him into the heroine of a work of fiction.
When in the Convent, my progress had always exceeded my instructions, my Acquirements had been wonderfull for my age, and I had shortly surpassed my Masters.
M'Leod the seller easily met and surpassed us; and Mr.
Blunt, still addressing Mills with that story, passed on to what he called the second act, the disclosure, with, what he called, the characteristic Allegre impudence - which surpassed the impudence of kings, millionaires, or tramps, by many degrees - the revelation of Rita's existence to the world at large.
The intense energy of their expression is not surpassed by anything in Byron.
I never doubted the devotion of the Russian nobles, but today it has surpassed my expectations.
For instance, I have never surpassed Shakespeare as a poet, though I once firmly meant to do so; but then, it is to be remembered that very few other people have surpassed him, and that it would not have been easy.
Younis Khan surpassed the record for most runs for Pakistan in Test cricket during the first match against England in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, overtaking Javed Miandad's previous mark of 8,832 runs.
Summary: Chennai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday surpassed Sachin Tendulkar's record of highest individual Test score .
Students in school districts surrounding Los Angeles Unified showed gains on standardized English and math tests and generally surpassed state and county averages, according to results released Tuesday.
It surpassed Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport, which came in second.
HSC-3 surpassed 200,000 Class A mishap-free flight hours.
Created by the Medicare Modernization Act, which was signed by President Bush in December 2003, health savings accounts have in one year already surpassed the peak market penetration achieved over nearly 10 years by their predecessor, the Archer Medical Savings Accounts, noted Karen Ignagni, AHIP's president and chief executive officer.