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outdo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v outdo be or do something to a greater degree "her performance surpasses that of any other student I know","She outdoes all other athletes","This exceeds all my expectations","This car outperforms all others in its class"
    • v outdo get the better of "the goal was to best the competition"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Outdo To go beyond in performance; to excel; to surpass. "An imposture outdoes the original.""I grieve to be outdone by Gay."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • outdo To excel; surpass; perform beyond.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Outdo owt-dōō′ to surpass: excel.
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Quotations

  • Gil Atkinson
    Gil Atkinson
    “Thank God for competition. When our competitors upset our plans or outdo our designs, they open infinite possibilities of our own work to us.”

Usage

In literature:

Still the boats pressed on, every rower apparently outdoing himself, if not outdoing everything else.
"Donald and Dorothy" by Mary Mapes Dodge
The remarkable "evolutions" of the several companies are shown, each town striving to outdo the others.
"Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885" by Various
Each cause can be endowed with an importance which outdoes all the others.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
Outdo Both of them, Music!
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
He must outdo Constantine.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
He knew he could outdo the beavers in their own game of wariness and watchfulness.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
She had to put the screw on herself to outdo him in frugality.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
It is my delight to see these girls develop and outdo their elders.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
But English drunkards, gods and men outdo, Drink their estates away, and senses too.
"The True-Born Englishman" by Daniel Defoe
Nations are seeking to outdo each other in their colossal preparation for the approaching strife.
"Christ, Christianity and the Bible" by I. M. Haldeman
I cannot permit it to outdo me in generosity.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
Henceforth there shall be no other contention betwixt you and me, than which shall outdo the other in point of friendship.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
Lady Betty was perfect and no one could outdo her in anything.
"The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan" by Lizette M. Edholm
And indeed he outdoes all our poets here a bar's length.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
Well, that's help enough, and San Soo can outdo himself on his dinner.
"Frances of the Ranges" by Amy Bell Marlowe
The usage was for the second speaker to imitate the idea started by the first, and endeavour to outdo him in his vaunt.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
The braves outdo even a vain young squaw.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
Many such little rhymes did the children sing, as if each tried to outdo the other in the number of songs they knew.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
Britton is riding vigorously, but Clayton is outdoing him.
"History of the Kentucky Derby, 1875-1921" by John Lawrence O'Connor
Go among the young men in their games and see how anxious the one is to outdo the other.
"To The Work! To The Work!" by Dwight Moody
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In poetry:

Monsters in dreams he sees, yet lies
At peace in his curling bed;
Blessings that outdo all distress
Implicit in his sleeping head.
"A Dream Observed" by Anne Ridler
Tankards again,
Flagons amain! . . . Bring 'em all in! . . .
And so we'll endeavour to baffle his sin,
Whose but the devil's — outdoing his din.
"A Drinking Song" by E J Rupert Atkinson

In news:

Lake Roosevelt students will be locked in battle next week as the boys try to outdo the girls in a fundraiser for ASB funds and school spirit.
Coogan and Brydon try to outdo each other's impression of Sir Michael Caine in "The Trip".
The director of the Academy-Award-winning "Spirited Away" didn't exactly outdo himself this time around, but "Ponyo" is a great kiddie movie nonetheless.
No 17 Vanderbilt outdoes Rebels at home.
If you're out shopping for holiday gifts this weekend and you are wondering how to outdo yourself over last year, we may just have the right idea for you.
It's easy to imagine this burrito 's appeal to students on a budget or football players wanting to outdo one another off the field.
Summit County emergency nurses outdo peers in credentials .
Mitt Romney will try to outdo each other in condemning.
For his first assignment as an offensive coordinator, the 57-year-old Caldwell will be asked to oversee and direct an attack that must outdo Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, whom Caldwell coached in Indianapolis.
Obama outdoes himself with this Jon Stewart appearance.
Prom season is upon us and as more parents and teens look to outdo each.
This marriage proposal outdoes them all.
Clearly having seen my roundup yesterday, and hoping to outdo it, the Florida GOP offered us another precious moment today.
Despite claims by his campaign, a look at available metrics show Barack Obama is actually outdoing Mitt Romney.
The Amazing Wizards outdo Derren Brown with bricks.
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