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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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Examples from the web for outsmart
  • We don't have outsmart each other and prove who's right and wrong.
  • She'll outsmart the other two to steal treats, toys and blankets.
  • The solution is not to fight biology, but to outsmart it.
  • They were too busy trying to get new products to market, win customers, and outsmart each other.
  • They had to outsmart and outperform fish, which are more agile and explosive and maneuverable.
  • It might seem, then, that a high-tech freezer could let you outsmart quantum laws.
  • Pitchers and batters engage in mini-duels trying to outsmart each other.
  • Hiller helps the ever-widening group of robbers to outsmart the bank's security system by staging one false alarm after another.
  • 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


(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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