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outstay

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v outstay surpass in staying power "They outstayed their competitors"
    • v outstay stay too long "overstay or outstay one's welcome"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Outstay To stay beyond or longer than. "She concluded to outstay him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • outstay To stay longer than; overstay; remain beyond: as, to outstay one's welcome.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Outstay owt-stā′ (Shak.) to stay beyond.
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Usage

In literature:

He forfeited his French commission by outstaying his furlough in 1792.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
This book bides its time, and usually outstays its welcome.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
He thought, probably, that it was only some drunken seaman, who had outstayed his leave, dragged back to his ship.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Theobald could not find an excuse to outstay his colleague, since they were both guests at the same house.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
The elements had outstayed it.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
I know in polite society no one is expected to outstay a month at the very longest.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Who does not prevent the hour of love, outstays the time; for to be dully punctual is too slow.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
As he had entered the office first, it was in order for me to outstay him, which I did.
"The Supplies for the Confederate Army" by Caleb Huse
Tim was always there before him and generally outstayed him.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He had been very drunk indeed, and he expected to get into trouble for outstaying his leave.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
He's done outstayed his leave.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
This year it has been extremely bad, and has long outstayed its usual time.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Faculty's beastly strict about outstaying leave.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
He would not give his enemies, he said, the least chance of outstaying him.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
The Melbourne Ministry had outstayed its welcome.
"Lord John Russell" by Stuart J. Reid
If there be one thing I hate, it is to outstay my welcome.
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
With that knowledge, surely with that in his mind, he could outstay their patience.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
Will you allow me to outstay your guests?
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
I see I have outstayed my welcome, and the sooner I am off the better.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
Though of course I don't want to outstay my welcome.
"A Son of Perdition" by Fergus Hume
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In news:

The Finer Points of Outstaying Your Welcome, Starring Scott Weiland and The Game.
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