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[out-seyl] /ˌaʊtˈseɪl/
verb (used with object)
to outdo in sailing; sail farther, more skillfully, or faster than.
Origin of outsail
First recorded in 1610-20; out- + sail Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He admitted that we could outsail him, for he had done his best to keep up with the Sylvania.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Captain Blastblow is confident that he can outsail the Sylvania.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • I can outsail you in light winds—and I really don't care what I do now.

    Yorke The Adventurer Louis Becke
  • He knew the "Euryalus" could outsail the fastest of the enemy if they tried to attack him.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
  • We can outsail you some, and we shall get to Stoneland before you do.

    The Rival Campers Afloat Ruel Perley Smith
  • I can outsail you and outfight you all—and to hell with you!


    George Allan England
  • The wind was fair for her; but it was as fair for the brig, able to outsail her twice over.

  • We can outsail her, and all we want is guns enough and men enough to take her.

  • He could not play with her now, for he had his prizes to look after, and while he could outsail her, the prizes could not.

  • They were like enough to carry the ebb-tide with them to the capes or even to outsail it.

    The Red City

    S. Weir Mitchell

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