to get the better of (someone); outwit.
Idioms about outsmart
outsmart oneself, to defeat oneself unintentionally by overly elaborate intrigue, scheming, or the like: This time he may have outsmarted himself.
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How to use outsmart in a sentence
Unless we can suppress transmission to almost zero, the virus will keep outsmarting us.We could know soon whether vaccines work against a scary new coronavirus variant | Antonio Regalado | January 23, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
We can outsmart the brain’s fear response and find moments that sparkle with promise.
Numerous prior studies show humans enjoy outsmarting each other because it’s challenging—think hackers who try to crack a computer system for the love of the puzzle, not any material gain.Playing bad can shape behavior, but not in the way you think | Erin Blakemore | September 28, 2020 | Popular-Science
Silicon Valley has outsmarted Hollywood, and deserves some credit for how it has played the game.
In Season 1, Frank basically outmaneuvered and outsmarted everyone.Beau Willimon on Most Shocking Twists in ‘House of Cards’ Season 2 | Andrew Romano | February 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The crew outsmarted the pirates, who were all between 17 and 19 years of age.‘Captain Phillips’ Is a Gripping, Award-Worthy Film | Marlow Stern | September 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yes, the GOP was outsmarted, out-teched and out-campaigned in 2012.Barack Obama’s Herbert Hoover Budget a Political Boon for Republicans | Lloyd Green | April 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Today, it appears to be one of the first times SEC officials were outsmarted by Madoff.
He hadn't outsmarted the Germans as much as he had believed.Dave Dawson with the R.A.F | R. Sidney Bowen
"Yes, we'd have missed all of the show if Allison hadn't outsmarted that Gestapo officer," Stan agreed.A Yankee Flier in Italy | Rutherford G. Montgomery
But being Perfidion, he had wanted Mallory to know how completely he was being outsmarted.A Knyght Ther Was | Robert F. Young
Philip thought he had outsmarted the ruler, but he was wrong.FreeChildrenStories.com Collection | Daniel Errico
British Dictionary definitions for outsmart
(tr) informal to get the better of; outwit
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