leave (something or someone) standing

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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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Holmes left us standing at the door and walked slowly all round the house, across the front, down the tradesmen's path, and so round by the garden behind into the stable lane.
She recalled: "Because we were in the river and they'd got us all ready under the bridge, they decided that they were going to go and film another shot somewhere, and left us standing in the water.
On the downside, the forecast nasty weather hadn't materialized, which left us standing in the marsh under a sparkling blue sky.
Many of our patients said out loud to me, sometimes for me to hear but more often just thinking out loud with another human being: "Bondye kite nou kanmpe" (God left us standing).
He eventually moved off and left us standing there wondering what we were doing wrong.
Scotland and England were once close at club level but television money provided an explosion of financial wealth for the Premiership that left us standing.
'We hope to be doing this at the beginning of next year but now there is an argument between the regulator at Ofwat and Severn Trent which has left us standing on the sidelines.
It took a few years for the professional structure set up by the Irish to kick in but they have left us standing.
In terms of football ability, Leon left us standing.
We look like we've been hit by a localised whirlwind which has torn off our clothes and left us standing in our underwear.
He added: "Scotland has left us standing. The Scottish Parliament established its Social Justice Ministry the moment it was set up.
They very quickly filled their cabs with all the able-bodied and left us standing in the rain.
"They left us standing around even after we told them we had the money and would pay the arrears.