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[out-smahrt] /ˌaʊtˈsmɑrt/
verb (used with object)
to get the better of (someone); outwit.
outsmart oneself, to defeat oneself unintentionally by overly elaborate intrigue, scheming, or the like:
This time he may have outsmarted himself.
Origin of outsmart
1925-30; out- + smart (adj.) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It's cat and mouse, who can outsmart whom, hunter versus hunted fun.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • Anything he's after must be worth plenty to any guy who can outsmart him.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
  • With his self-centered juvenile mind, he never thought anyone would try to outsmart him and succeed.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • In short, a man breaks the law because he feels superior, because he thinks he can outsmart Society and The Law.

    The Highest Treason Randall Garrett
  • We place a mental block in your mind, but you outsmart us, and now you know our weakness.

    The Flying Cuspidors V. R. Francis
  • A half-crazy kid and yours truly trying to outsmart and out-Tarzan these wild men.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
British Dictionary definitions for outsmart


(transitive) (informal) to get the better of; outwit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outsmart

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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