go one better (than someone or something)

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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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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.
Gary Moore, who sends out Lucky Leyf at Lingfield this <Bafternoon looking to go one better than last time out
Gary Moore, who sends out Lucky Leyf at Lingfield this |afternoon looking to go one better than last time out
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.
The aim for me is to go one better than in 2009," he said.
20) should also be able to go one better than his recent second at Newton Abbot - he jumped right that day, and will be better suited by this track.
Summary: Ricky Hatton has backed Amir Khan to go one better than he himself managed by becoming the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Yes, I do have expectations to try to go one better than I did last year, but I will be pacing myself from Thursday to try to get in position to strike on Sunday afternoon.
Hopefully I'll be able to go one better than the second place I achieved in this year's championship.
Fancied to go one better than when Wlengfh runner-up off this mark in much better Arlington handicap last month.
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.
The movie manages to go one better than ``Pie's'' famous baked-goods scene, featuring a veritable compendium of lewd behavior.
Aiming to go one better than investment portals like Hoovers.