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exceed (someone or something) by (something)

To surpass or outshine something by a certain amount. Well, Greg got the promotion because the quality of his work exceeded yours by a great degree.
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exceed (someone or something) in (something)

To surpass or outshine something in some action or trait. Well, Greg got the promotion because his work really exceeded yours in quality.
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exceed someone or something by something

to surpass someone or something by some amount. Wally exceeded his quota by two hundred. He exceeded Larry by a large amount.
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exceed someone or something in something

to surpass someone or something in something. Tom exceeds Walter in athletic ability. Ralph exceeded the Rock of Gibraltar in hardheadedness.
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Now the largest whales, those which frequent those parts of the sea round the Aleutian, Kulammak, and Umgullich islands, have never exceeded the length of sixty yards, if they attain that.
You have taken your revenge for the Rue Ferou, and even exceeded it; you ought to be satisfied.
He scrambled up the bank with a speed that could not be exceeded by a bloodthirsty man.
In short, his transports of joy exceeded anything that I had yet beheld.
Miss Bingley was then sorry that she had proposed the delay, for her jealousy and dislike of one sister much exceeded her affection for the other.
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.
In reality it already exceeded twenty thousand rubles.
Twenty-one rubles," he said, pointing to the figure twenty-one by which the total exceeded the round sum of forty-three thousand; and taking up a pack he prepared to deal.
Traders in the avarice, indifference, or imbecility of parents, and the helplessness of children; ignorant, sordid, brutal men, to whom few considerate persons would have entrusted the board and lodging of a horse or a dog; they formed the worthy cornerstone of a structure, which, for absurdity and a magnificent high-minded LAISSEZ-ALLER neglect, has rarely been exceeded in the world.
Her orders were indeed so liberal, that, had it been a child of her own, she could not have exceeded them; but, lest the virtuous reader may condemn her for showing too great regard to a base-born infant, to which all charity is condemned by law as irreligious, we think proper to observe that she concluded the whole with saying, "Since it was her brother's whim to adopt the little brat, she supposed little master must be treated with great tenderness.
Value at risk, which is widely used, is measured by selecting a high probability p, such as 99%, and calculating the magnitude of the loss that would be exceeded 1-p percent (in this case 1%) of the time.
With one more month to go, the region has had 27 days when ozone exceeded the old one-hour standard, and 76 days when ozone exceeded the new eight-hour standard.
If the contractor meets the city's minimum diversion requirement and has not exceeded $100,000 in administrative charges in any of the calendar years, the contractor will be offered an automatic three-year term extension.
drinking water has dramatically exceeded the action level at which the Safe Drinking Water Act requires water systems to address the problem.