above and beyond
More than is required. This somewhat redundant expression—above and beyond here both denote excess—often precedes the call of duty, which means exceeding what a particular job requires. Thus Putting in overtime without pay is above and beyond the call of duty. Also see over and above.
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What does above and beyond mean?
Above and beyond is used to describe actions that exceed what is required or expected, especially those done to help or serve someone else.
The phrase is most often used as an adverb and paired with a form of the verb go. To go above and beyond is to give extra effort, especially in a way that exceeds expectations, as in John always goes above and beyond to make my birthday special.
It’s commonly used as part of the phrase above and beyond the call of duty, meaning more than is required of one. It’s especially used in contexts in which someone has done something they are not obligated to do as part of their job, as in Spending your free time delivering the rest of the packages was above and beyond the call of duty, and we sincerely appreciate it.
Example: We present this award to three nurses who have truly gone above and beyond for their patients.
Where does above and beyond come from?
The first records of the phrase above and beyond come from the 1500s.
The use of two words that basically mean “more” emphasizes the fact that an action involved extra effort—that it was more than what was expected or more than what was required. The same type of redundancy is used in the similar phrase over and above, which means “in addition to.”
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How is above and beyond used in real life?
Above and beyond is usually used in a positive way, typically in situations involving someone who has given extra effort.
We cannot thank our land manager partners enough for their support in 2020. They went above and beyond to ensure trail work got done. Making projects happen meant our trail system was safer in a year when hiking was one of the only things we could do: https://t.co/2eXnDvU77W pic.twitter.com/ZUAFVzyxdZ
— Washington Trails (@WTA_hikers) January 9, 2021
@lyft not sure how often you see these, but if you’re rewarding drivers who go above and beyond, Kevin in Philly took me and my toddler to the ER today and legit saved the day over here. ❤️
Do look him up please.
— Eric Smith (@ericsmithrocks) January 4, 2021
— American Library Association (@ALALibrary) January 11, 2021
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Is above and beyond used correctly in the following sentence?
Our employees go above and beyond to make sure you have a positive experience.
Example sentences from the Web for above and beyond
As an example of good science-and-society policymaking, the history of fluoride may be more of a cautionary tale.
Hovering above the scene, commandos in helicopters were poised with automatic rifles.
As this list shows, punishments typically run to a short-ish jail sentence and/or a moderately hefty fine.
Even the hot Jewish women I mentioned above did something a bit more “intellectual” than pageantry: acting.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There is a long history of official anti-clericalism in Mexico, but the atmosphere in Tierra Caliente goes far beyond that.
It contains above eighty thousand houses, and about six hundred thousand inhabitants.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
It is only just to say, that the officers exhibited a degree of courage far beyond any thing we had expected from them.
He didn't need to wait—as the birds did—until an angleworm stuck his head above ground.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
It is then we make him our friend, which sets us above the envy and contempt of wicked men.
We had now approached closely to the foot of the mountain-ranges, and their lofty summits were high above us in mid-air.