outsmart

[out-smahrt]
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  1. outsmart oneself, to defeat oneself unintentionally by overly elaborate intrigue, scheming, or the like: This time he may have outsmarted himself.

Origin of outsmart

1925–30; out- + smart (adj.)
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outsmart

verb
  1. (tr) informal to get the better of; outwit
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Word Origin and History for outsmarted

outsmart

v.

"to prove too clever for," 1926, from out + smart (adj.). Related: Outsmarted; outsmarting.

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