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leave (something or someone) standing

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 standing. The Scottish rugby team left the rest standing in this year's Six Nations tournament.
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leave someone or something standing

(of a person or thing) be much better or faster than someone or something else.
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leave somebody/something ˈstanding

(informal) be much better than somebody/something: In maths and science she leaves the others standing.
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Once part of a nearby power station, the towers were left standing in the 1970s when the rest of the site was dismantled because of their proximity to the M1.
``It was very near to the centre of the earthquake zone and not a thing was left standing after the disaster.
A fire gutted it in 1970, but its walls and large circular altar were left standing. In 1974 its ruins were designated a provincial historical landmark, and in 1999 they were declared a national historical site.
I note that no mention is made of the trees cut down to make the paper, or of the amount of carbon dioxide those trees would remove from the atmosphere if left standing. Yet I agree with Brad Allenby's statement that not many people will curl up with their PDAs on Sunday mornings.
If Keith had a death match with all the Think pros and ams, who do you think would be left standing?
Unless someone somewhere sees sense it seems they will go on making their moves until no-one is left standing in what, if conflict ceased, could be a beautiful and fruitful land.
The pyramid-shaped hotel is one of the city's key landmarks, recognized as one of the few structures left standing after the devastating earthquake of 1982, which destroyed most of the city.
Supreme Court has left standing an appellate court's decision that under the antitrust laws, a sales representative can challenge the exclusive dealing requirements and territorial restrictions imposed by two furniture companies (Bassett Furniture Inc.
Suddenly all the dancers dropped to the floor, and she alone was left standing. A spotlight followed her uncomfortably to her seat.
The madrones, prized for their beauty, were left standing. Now these solitary trees are having a hard time thriving in their exposed surroundings.
Using the organization's own geographic information system--based software, they then calculated the amount of air pollution removed by urban forests and the lost benefits urban forests would have provided had they been left standing. They also calculated the effect of trees on stormwater runoff.
Teachers at the school lock their classroom doors when the bell rings for each period, and teens left standing in the hallways are tracked down and sent straight to a portable classroom dubbed the Tardy Tank.
Cortes set fire to the deserted city, and tore down all the buildings that were left standing. The city disappeared beneath 30 feet of rubble mixed with human bones.
"There are a few left standing. You'll see some deals," says William Landers, equity research chief for Credit Suisse First Boston's technology group.