surpass (oneself)

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surpass (oneself)

To do better in some activity or deed than one has ever been able to accomplish. The president has surpassed himself with this State of the Union address, delivering one of the most powerful and inspiring speeches in recent memory. Congratulations, team, each and everyone of you surpassed yourselves on this project!
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surpass oneself

To do the best that one ever has done at a given activity.
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Nietzsche famously said, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." For instance, post-traumatic growth is a phenomenon by which people suffered from past events surpass themselves. In the aftermath of major life struggles, where fundamental assumptions are seriously confronted, can lead to positive psychological change or post-traumatic growth.
The Cavaliers, out to surpass themselves, poured it all but pitifully fell short.
I hope this time round they will surpass themselves and be different from what they used to be thus helping Macedonia get out of the crisis they created," Gruevski said.
I didn't think Corrie could get more emotional than when Hayley passed away but they've managed to surpass themselves this time.
"It is the loyal customers that motivate these restaurants to continue to surpass themselves."
Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and they look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.
The precision of its instruments is such that Astrium s engineers had to surpass themselves to design a structure of unprecedented stability, reaching a quantum leap in mastering technologies.
We regret that a few political entities did not have the courage to surpass themselves and do not see this as part of the Ohrid Agreement," BDI spokesman Bujar Osmani said.
Erol Rizaov comments for Utrinski Vesnik that if our political leaders surpass themselves and play out a great state competition on the domestic and international scene in the following five months, Macedonia might be able to become a full-fledged member in the most important military and political alliance in the world - NATO in May 2012 at the Chicago Summit or get a date when it might receive a full-fledged membership invitation.
We could not start in all 54 countries on the continent at the same time, but we are currently working in 14 countries, with girls who have a clear aptitude for the sciences and who we support so that they can surpass themselves.
"They are united against them (England), but that's also what makes them strong, this ability to surpass themselves, to unite together against the rest of the world."
"They are united against them - but that's also what makes them strong, this ability to surpass themselves, to unite together against the rest of the world."
JUST when you think Channel five can't do anything weirder, they surpass themselves.
Great Britain performed admirably to advance in third place but with France and Italy leading the chasing pack, Tweddle and co will have to surpass themselves again to follow the British men, silver medallists last week, on to the podium.
Rather, James dwells on painting's multiplicity as its great fact and great mystery--meaning that even its finest exemplars convey no more than part of its truth, while even journeymen can sometimes surpass themselves. In James's work, humor, poetry, mental gamesmanship, and a sense of reserve that is nonetheless unashamed of sentiment never conceal that homage to past masters is always a deformation.