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[out-pley] /ˌaʊtˈpleɪ/
verb (used with object)
to play better than.
Origin of outplay
First recorded in 1640-50; out- + play Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I'm in this now, and we will see if Addicks can outplay me as well as you.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • She went into the game fiercely resolving to outplay her team-mates if she could.

  • Yale may outplay Harvard, but if Harvard sufficiently out-cheers Yale she wins, and to the rooters belong the praise.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • Youre up against a heady bunch of fellows and youve got to outwit them as well as outplay them if youre going to win.

    Left Half Harmon Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Match yourself against the men who can outplay you, not against the men you already excel.

    If You Don't Write Fiction Charles Phelps Cushing
  • Angle had to endure many taunts at the failure of all his attempts to outplay Grettir.

  • Split merely wanted to play well, to outplay Cecilia, to be independent of her and play her own accompaniments.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
  • He was supremely confident that he could outplay the German statesmen and military leaders.


    John Spargo
British Dictionary definitions for outplay


verb (transitive)
to perform better than one's opponent in a sport or game
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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