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outsmart

[out-smahrt] /ˌaʊtˈsmɑrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to get the better of (someone); outwit.
Idioms
2.
outsmart oneself, to defeat oneself unintentionally by overly elaborate intrigue, scheming, or the like:
This time he may have outsmarted himself.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; out- + smart (adj.)
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  • There is no attempt on anyone's part to outsmart anyone.
  • Still, it's the kind of part he specializes in: the canny outsider itching to outsmart the system.
British Dictionary definitions for outsmart

outsmart

/ˌaʊtˈsmɑːt/
verb
1.
(transitive) (informal) to get the better of; outwit
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Word Origin and History for outsmart
v.

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

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