Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

above and beyond

above and beyond
Meaning(s)
1) go past what is satisfactory; exceed expectations
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • go/went/was above and beyond
  • Analysis
    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'.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The gymnast went above and beyond to impress the judges, adding in extra backflips and handsprings.
    2. There's no need to go above and beyond to get the in-laws to like you - just be yourself.
    3. The play was above and beyond what I expected so I would definitely recommend seeing it.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Okay, everyone, I want you all at your best. I want you to go above and beyond to help our customers and sell our products.
    2. We aim to go above and beyond for all of our clients and deliver the maximum to them at all times.
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