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[out-strip] /ˌaʊtˈstrɪp/
verb (used with object), outstripped, outstripping.
to outdo; surpass; excel.
to outdo or pass in running or swift travel:
A car can outstrip the local train.
to get ahead of or leave behind in a race or in any course of competition.
to exceed:
a demand that outstrips the supply.
Origin of outstrip
First recorded in 1570-80; out- + strip1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But Godwin, outstripping them, declared there should be none whatsoever.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • The two pairs of girls were intent only on outstripping each other.

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  • A hunter, outstripping the King's retinue, came first to seize the prey.

  • "Or it is quite likely that we are outstripping them," added Reeves.

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  • The difficulty was that the boys' minds were outstripping it.

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  • It grew rapidly, outstripping its rival, and also capturing the county-seat.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty

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  • Do you remember how you talked to me in your college days about outstripping John in the race?

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  • They cannot bear to see Germany outstripping them in learning.'

    The Age of Erasmus P. S. Allen
  • That cathedral, it is true, was bent on outstripping its sisters.

    The Cathedral Joris-Karl Huysmans
British Dictionary definitions for outstripping


verb (transitive) -strips, -stripping, -stripped
to surpass in a sphere of activity, competition, etc
to be or grow greater than
to go faster than and leave behind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outstripping



1570s, "to pass in running," from out + Middle English strip "move quickly," of unknown origin. Figurative sense of "to excel or surpass in anything" is from 1590s. Related: Outstripped; outstripping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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