above and beyond

Definition of above and beyond

:far beyond what is required by (something, such as a duty)
  • He went above and beyond the call of duty.

Word by Word Definitions

above play
  1. : in the sky : overhead

  2. : in or to heaven

  3. : in or to a higher place

  1. : in or to a higher place than : over

  2. : upriver of

  3. : superior to (as in rank, quality, or degree)

  1. : something that is above

  2. : a person whose name is written above

  3. : a higher authority

  1. : written or discussed higher on the same page or on a preceding page

beyond play
  1. : on or to the farther side : farther

  2. : in addition : besides

  1. : on or to the farther side of : at a greater distance than

  2. : out of the reach or sphere (see 1sphere 4b) of

  3. : in a degree or amount surpassing

  1. : something that lies on or to the farther side : something that lies beyond (see 1beyond 1)

  2. : something that lies outside the scope of ordinary experience


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