1. go past what is satisfactory; exceed expectations
go/went/was above and beyond
To go 'above and beyond' means to exceed expectations or do something that is in addition to the minimum required. This is an expression that can be used in social contexts: "You really went above and beyond with this dinner. I can't remember the last time I had a four-course meal!" It can also be used in professional contexts: "We expect all of our employees to go above and beyond for our customers in order to constantly delight and surprise them." Similar expressions include 'go over the top', 'in addition to', and 'over and above'.