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[out-doo] /ˌaʊtˈdu/
verb (used with object), outdid, outdone, outdoing.
to surpass in execution or performance:
The cook outdid himself last night.
Origin of outdo
1300-50; Middle English; see out-, do1
See excel. Unabridged
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  • I felt that Cram must have outdone himself to have provoked one of those crushed souls to such an action.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • Not to be outdone, the stayers in Cairo had had the "time of their lives."

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • It is of the same temper as a nightingale, never suffering itself to be outdone.

  • She feels all the devotion that is offered her, and she will not be outdone in generosity.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
  • "The blinkin' tent," cried another, not to be outdone in speculative intelligence.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for outdone


verb -does, -doing, -did, -done
(transitive) to surpass or exceed in performance or execution
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