verb (used with object)

to play better than.

Origin of outplay

First recorded in 1640–50; out- + play
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Examples from the Web for outplay

Historical Examples of outplay

  • I'm in this now, and we will see if Addicks can outplay me as well as you.

    Frenzied Finance

    Thomas W. Lawson

  • She went into the game fiercely resolving to outplay her team-mates if she could.

  • Yale may outplay Harvard, but if Harvard sufficiently out-cheers Yale she wins, and to the rooters belong the praise.

  • Youre up against a heady bunch of fellows and youve got to outwit them as well as outplay them if youre going to win.

    Left Half Harmon

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Match yourself against the men who can outplay you, not against the men you already excel.

    If You Don't Write Fiction

    Charles Phelps Cushing

British Dictionary definitions for outplay


verb (tr)

to perform better than one's opponent in a sport or game
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