above and beyond

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

above and beyond

  1. Further than; doing more than is expected or required.
    The hospital staff often go above and beyond what is required of them.
    Boy, they sure went above and beyond when they were planning this party!

Usage notes[edit]

More casual than Latinate extraordinary or the even more formal superlative, both with similar etymology of “outside (ordinary)”, “above”.