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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The Blue Eagles ruled the floor early before surpassing themselves with smashing all-around dominance in the final quarter.
"These boys have set new standards and are surpassing themselves. But they must continue to work hard.
In came relatively unheard of players, but because of what captain Ian Philliskirk describes as "the best dressing room I've ever been in," a group of players have gelled immediately and are surpassing themselves on the field.
The American people, white and non-white, have gone out on the streets to celebrate their new commander-in-chief, without hang-ups or reservations, erasing in their path the terrible images of the times of slavery, persecution and racial discrimination, surpassing themselves and the rest of the world.
"Our aim is to help students achieve to the best of their ability and they have been surpassing themselves in the quality and range of their successes in recent years.
Birmingham Royal Ballet did the rest and took the evening up to the stars, surpassing themselves in a gala programme comprising a selection of David Bintley ballets.
'They now do it to the man in the White House whoever he is, surpassing themselves in the clever remarks and the snide and icy wisecracks that have been their major industry since 1965.' 'If there is a real breach of faith with the American people it lies here [with] those who are the makers of myths.
"Our students have been surpassing themselves in the quality and range of their successes in recent years but to be awarded the highest grade in every single aspect of the school's work was an accolade we could not have expected," he said.