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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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: better, go, one
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