go one better

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go one better (than someone or something)

To do something that surpasses or outclasses a previous attempt. With the sequel, the director has gone one better and made a film that is more exciting, more accessible, and more original than the first. We need to find a way to go one better than our competitors if we want to stay at the top.
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go one better

Outdo or surpass someone, as in He went one better than his teacher and came up with five more famous scientists. This expression originated in gambling games, where it meant "to offer a higher stake than one's opponent." [Mid-1800s]
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go one better

1 narrowly surpass a previous effort or achievement. 2 narrowly outdo another person.
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go one ˈbetter (than somebody/something)

do something better than somebody else; improve on something: I bought a new tennis racket but my sister had to go one better by buying the most expensive one in the shop.
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Taking up the running early, he was only overhauled in the last 100 yards and beaten one length and should now be ready to go one better.
Having bemoaned the failure of standard histories to integrate women's history into their narratives in her introduction, Wulf proceeds to go one better.
The words were going one way, the music another, and I was stuck knowing I had to go one better than I had as the manuscript piled up of what would one day be published as Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing.
He will benefit with this experience behind him and looks destined to go one better in the near future.
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ALEX TOTTEN reckons Peter Houston can go one better than he did and win the Scottish Cup for Falkirk because the Bairns boss has luck on his side.
Nigel Twiston-Davies's mare receives weight from her rivals and can deservedly go one better.
JAMES Curtis says the bitter end of last season has given Gateshead the "confidence and belief " to go one better in the coming campaign.
DERBY runner-up Libertarian will carry Godolphin's colours when he bids to go one better in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh a week on Saturday.
WILLIAM WHITAKER will be hoping to go one better than last year in the jointly sponsored Team Murka and the World Class Programme Under 23 Championship Final at Olympia tomorrow.
And after finishing second in each of the two races at the port track, Hamilton is determined to go one better.
ATLANTIC Story showed his well being last weekend and is taken to go one better in Lingfield's Betdaq The Betting Exchange Conditions Stakes (Qualifier).
After finishing runner up last year, the 33-year-old believes he can go one better and end Britain's 10-year wait for a Major champion, Paul Lawrie being the last winner in the Open at Carnoustie in 1999.
Harrington will hope to go one better this time around as he looks to add this title to the two Majors he won earlier in the season.
EAGLE MOUNTAIN, a distant second to Authorized at Epsom, is a short price to go one better in today's Budweiser Irish Derby (3.