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From out- (prefix forming verbs with the sense of exceeding or surpassing) +‎ strip ((obsolete) to move or pass by quickly).[1]



outstrip (third-person singular simple present outstrips, present participle outstripping, simple past and past participle outstripped or outstript) (transitive)

  1. To move more quickly than (someone or something) so as to outrun or leave it behind.
    Synonyms: overgo, overhaul, overtake
    We quickly outstripped the amateur runners.
  2. (figuratively) To exceed or surpass (someone or something).
    Synonyms: outdo, transcend; see also Thesaurus:transcend
    This year’s production has already outstripped last year’s.
  3. (archaic, rare) To exceed or overstep (a boundary or limit); to transgress.
    • 1610 (first performance), Ben[jamin] Jonson, The Alchemist, London: [] Thomas Snodham, for Walter Burre, and are to be sold by Iohn Stepneth, [], published 1612, OCLC 1008120557; reprinted Menston, Yorkshire: The Scolar Press, 1970, OCLC 52009618, Act V, scene v:
      Therefore Gentlemen, / And kinde Spectators, if I haue out-ſtript / An old mans gratuitie, or ſtrict canon, thinke / What a yong Wife, and a good Brayne may doe: / Stretch Ages truth ſometimes, and crack it too.
    • 2005 July, Will Staeger, Painkiller, New York, N.Y.: HarperTorch, HarperCollinsPublishers, published May 2006, →ISBN, page 13:
      Still, he thought that if Roy happened to expand his kingdom, outstripping that self-imposed nickname of his, it'd be nice to have the man on his list.


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  1. ^ outstrip, v.1”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2020; “outstrip, v.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.