Lhota needs to match, if not exceed that performance to even have a chance.
Indeed, prison may offer a safety and refuge from rivals that exceed that found on the outside.
But also for some reason… I have to imagine, usually, the hope would be that his work would sort of exceed what it was going for.
late 14c., from Old French exceder (14c.) "exceed, surpass, go too far," from Latin excedere "depart, go beyond, be in excess, surpass," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + cedere "go, yield" (see cede).
Related: Exceeded; exceeding. Exceedingly (late 15c.) means "very greatly or very much;" excessively (mid-15c.) means "too greatly or too much."