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[out-doo] /ˌaʊtˈdu/
verb (used with object), outdid, outdone, outdoing.
to surpass in execution or performance:
The cook outdid himself last night.
Origin of outdo
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at out-, do1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But when she formed a woman—it was then first, that she outdid herself, and improved her own design.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • So they outdid one another in the hope of reinstating themselves.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • In the 1601 Mark Twain outdid himself in the Elizabethan field.

  • But the blue waves were the heavier; in mass alone they outdid the grey.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • But at that word the woman caught fire, blazed up, and outdid him in rage.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • Why all the nobles say it outdid the proudest marriage-feast of the Colonna.

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • We always did admire his acting, but he outdid himself that night.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
British Dictionary definitions for outdid


verb -does, -doing, -did, -done
(transitive) to surpass or exceed in performance or execution
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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