go one better

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go one better (than someone or something)

To do something that surpasses 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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Fairy Rath (right) finished second in last year's Topham Chase but can go one better
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.
The three-year-old put in his best effort to date when second to Barwell at Haydock six days ago and can go one better off the same mark.
Up in the weights but latest second to a track specialist off this mark was another decent effort and is fancied to go one better.
Gary Moore, who sends out Lucky Leyf at Lingfield this |afternoon looking to go one better than last time out
JAMES Curtis says the bitter end of last season has given Gateshead the "confidence and belief " to go one better in the coming campaign.
The Republic of Ireland international has no doubt that the Blues can go one better than last term and finish in the top four to qualify for the Champions League.
OLE Gunnar Solskjaer reckons Cardiff can go one better than Wigan - by winning the FA Cup and staying up.
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.
If you want to go one better, then you need a blue skunk or a tan skunk,'' Wall said.