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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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  • Outgunned, the scout had been destroyed, but it had inflicted damage on the Avenger.

  • Outgunned and outnumbered, our thin line has stemmed the rush to the sea.

  • Ringed, outgunned, outpredicted, they hit such a concentration of missiles that it might as well have been a solid wall.


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British Dictionary definitions for outgunned


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 outgunned



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

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