hard to beat

(be) hard to beat or take some beating (be very good, or to be better than other things of its kind) — нет ничего лучше, чем...; трудно найти что-л. лучшее / более интересное/ более удобное, пр. ; едва ли можно превзойти, переоценить, проч.

If something or someone will take some beating, it will be difficult for anyone or anything to be or do better.

Example 1: That remark would take a bit of beating — Вряд можно сказать что-нибудь более остроумное. Ничего более остроумного я не слышал.

Example 2: It’s an expensive hotel, but that kind of service is hard to beat.

Example 3: For sheer scale and grandeur, Leeds Castle in Kent takes some beating. (English Collins Dictionary )


Nothing beats sth /doing sth

(You) can't beat that and
(You) can't top that.
No one can do better than that.
(This you represents both personal and impersonal antecedents. That is, it means second person singular or plural, and anyone.)

Example 1: You can't beat a live gig. (=you think there is nothing better than a live musical performance)

Example 2:
Mary: Wow! Look at the size of that lobster! It looks yummy!
Bill: Yeah. You can't beat that. I wonder what it's going to cost.
(McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs)

Example: "What a view! Nothing like it anywhere! You can't top this!" said Jeff, admiring his room's ocean view.
(McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs)

(I) can't beat that. and
(I) can't top that.
(I cannot do better than that.; I cannot exceed that.)

Example 1: "That was really great. I can't beat that. " "Yes, that was really good." (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs)

Example 2: "What a great joke! I can't top that," said Kate, still laughing. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs)

Related expressions:
[streets ahead of sb]
[cut above sb]
[not a patch on sb]
[heads and shoulders above sth]
[run circles around sb]
[knock spots off sth]
[can't hold a candle to sb]
[give one a run for one's money] 2
a hard/tough act to follow = >
[tough act to follow]