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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Question 1 of 10
Which of the following words means “to travel or journey, especially to walk on foot”?
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