By that measure, China cannot overtake the U.S. until at least pretty deep in the 2020s.
If the recount would have continued on Dec. 9, Gore would not have picked up enough overvotes to overtake Bush.
Unfortunately for Crist, it will likely take a turbine engine to generate enough wind in his flagging sails to overtake Rubio.
This may be the only argument that could enable Gingrich to overtake Romney if the former speaker survives Iowa.
Uganda has intervened on the side of the Government of South Sudan, including providing air support to overtake opposition forces.
The Dresden, the fastest, proved too speedy a vessel to overtake.
When he resumed his march, he found that the party was out of sight, and he could not overtake them.
I am now happy, if by my death, as by my life, I can avert from her evil that otherwise might overtake her.
After her I hastened, and implored her to be still, lest the barbarians should hear and overtake us.
I saw Charley shoot down one in very good style, and then pursue another which he had made up his mind to overtake.
"to come up to, to catch in pursuit," early 13c., from over- + take (v.). According to OED, originally "the running down and catching of a fugitive or beast of chase"; it finds the sense of over- in this word "not so clear." Related: Overtaken; overtaking. Old English had oferniman "to take away, carry off, seize, ravish."