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verb (used with object)
  1. to get the better of (someone); outwit.
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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.
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Origin of outsmart

1925–30; out- + smart (adj.)
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Related Words

outmaneuver, baffle, outfox, deceive, outdo, circumvent, bamboozle, dupe, cheat, gull, confuse, have, defraud, trick, bewilder, top, finagle, beat, overreach, worst

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



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

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