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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References in classic literature ?
In the court scene she surpassed herself. She was, in very truth, the Florentine judge, stern, stately, impassive.
Always remarkable for the taste and splendor of her dress, Lady Janet had on this occasion surpassed herself. There she stood revealed in her grandest velvet, her richest jewelry, her finest lace--with no one to entertain at the dinner-table but the ordinary members of the circle at Mablethorpe House.
But this year Kate has surpassed herself and her fashion choices have garnered more praise than ever.
My tribute this week goes to a very special lady who has picked herself up from a very difficult time in her life after suffering a stroke 20 years ago and who has surpassed herself by pushing herself to incredible limits on follow her own dreams within the sport she loves dearly.
My tribute this week goes to a very special lady who has picked herself up from a very difficult time in her life after suffering a massive stroke twenty years ago and who has surpassed herself, by pushing herself to incredible limits on follow her own dreams within the sport she loves dearly.
STRONG and hardy Hidilyn Diaz surpassed herself to win a weightlifting silver medal in the Rio Olympics, thereby touching off celebrations as though she had bagged the first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines.
This time she surpassed herself by tweeting a picture of Malcolm Muggeridge, who died in 1990, saying "RIP Cliff Michelmore".
Our lady teacher surpassed herself when it came to using the cane or ruler.
With this book, she has surpassed herself." LIESL SCHILLINGER
My next door neighbour Margaret Foster has always been kind, but she has surpassed herself these last few days putting herself out to make sure I am all right.
The mare's trainer Donald McCain said: "She's run an absolute screamer in her first major run against the geldings and I think she's surpassed herself. She just pitched on her head at the last and lost a little bit of her momentum but she's as tough as nails.
One worried friend told me: "She has surpassed herself this time,"
Princess Ellen (66-1) surpassed herself to finish one and a quarter lengths away in second with the 6-4 favourite Petrushka a further three lengths back.