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outgun

[out-guhn] /ˌaʊtˈgʌn/
verb (used with object), outgunned, outgunning.
1.
to exceed in firepower.
2.
to outdo or overwhelm, as by superior forces:
Local manufacturers have been outgunned by the overseas competition.
Origin of outgun
1685-1695
1685-95; out- + gun1
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  • outgunned, the scout had been destroyed, but it had inflicted damage on the Avenger.

  • outgunned and outnumbered, our thin line has stemmed the rush to the sea.

  • Ringed, outgunned, outpredicted, they hit such a concentration of missiles that it might as well have been a solid wall.

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British Dictionary definitions for outgunned

outgun

/ˌaʊtˈɡʌn/
verb (transitive) -guns, -gunning, -gunned
1.
to surpass in fire power
2.
to surpass in shooting
3.
(informal) to surpass or excel
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Word Origin and History for outgunned

outgun

v.

1690s, from out (adv.) + gun. Related: Outgunned; outgunning.

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