that beats everything

that beats everything

An exclamation of shock, surprise, or disbelief. Well, that beats everything! I wasn't expecting to have you here for Christmas! And then she left with all their money, just like that? Wow, that just about beats everything, don't it?
See also: beat, everything, that
References in classic literature ?
'Well, that beats everything! A lady professes to keep house, and doesn't even know what fish is for dinner!