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outgun

[out-guhn]
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verb (used with object), out·gunned, out·gun·ning.
  1. to exceed in firepower.
  2. to outdo or overwhelm, as by superior forces: Local manufacturers have been outgunned by the overseas competition.
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Origin of outgun

First recorded in 1685–95; out- + gun1
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British Dictionary definitions for outgun

outgun

verb -guns, -gunning or -gunned (tr)
  1. to surpass in fire power
  2. to surpass in shooting
  3. informal to surpass or excel
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Word Origin and History for outgun

v.

1690s, from out (adv.) + gun. Related: Outgunned; outgunning.

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