- to exceed in firepower.
- to outdo or overwhelm, as by superior forces: Local manufacturers have been outgunned by the overseas competition.
Origin of outgun
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Examples from the Web for outgunned
Outgunned and beleaguered, he says, Iraqi army units in Anbar are beginning to collapse.Iraqis Swear: Baghdad Airport is Safe From ISIS
October 13, 2014
Outgunned and outmanned by ISIS, the Peshmerga say they ran out of ammunition and abandoned the town on August 3.Will U.S. Troops Stand By While ISIS Starves Thousands?
August 7, 2014
By the morning of August 4th, the outgunned Peshmerga were running out of ammunition and withdrew from Sinjar district entirely.Iraq’s Religious Minorities are Being Slaughtered and ISIS Just Captured the Last Town Giving Them Shelter
August 4, 2014
Their strategy is not clear, and so far they are outnumbered and outgunned.Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela?
February 16, 2014
Sources in the military have privately admitted to me that they are currently outgunned.In the North Sinai, Jihadis Stand Down the Egyptian Government
January 6, 2013
Outgunned, the scout had been destroyed, but it had inflicted damage on the Avenger.On the Trail of the Space Pirates
Outgunned and outnumbered, our thin line has stemmed the rush to the sea.
Ringed, outgunned, outpredicted, they hit such a concentration of missiles that it might as well have been a solid wall.Tulan
Carroll Mather Capps
- to surpass in fire power
- to surpass in shooting
- informal to surpass or excel
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Word Origin and History for outgunned
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