leave (someone or something) in the dust

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leave (someone or something) in the dust

1. To leave someone or something far behind due to how quickly one is moving. With the new modifications to our car's engine, we were able to leave the other racers in the dust.
2. To completely outclass, outperform, or surpass someone or something else. There is no question that their latest smartphone leaves every other model on the market in the dust. The up-and-coming basketball star has been leaving his peers in the dust.
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in the dust, leave someone

Leave one far behind, as in a race or competition. For example, This marketing strategy will leave the others in the dust. This metaphoric colloquialism alludes to the dust raised by a fast-moving horse or vehicle.
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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.
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