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- (transitive) To exceed in weight or mass.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], 2nd edition, part 1, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act II, scene iii:
- The King your brother is now hard at hand,
Meete with the foole, and rid your royall ſhoulders
Of ſuch a burden, as outweighs the ſands
And all the craggie rockes of Caſpea.
- (transitive) To exceed in importance or value.
- 1951 January, “Notes and News: Double-Deck Train Trials Results”, in Railway Magazine, page 66:
- The trials have revealed that the advantage of extra seating capacity is more than outweighed by slower station working, as the double-deck train affords one door for 22 seats, compared with 10 or 12 in ordinary compartment stock.
- 1960 April, “Talking of trains: The new link at Barnsley”, in Trains Illustrated, page 197:
- A few trains, mostly at peak periods, will still terminate at Barnsley because the convenience to workpeople of their current times outweighs the advantages of through working.
- 2019 May 20, Walter Thompson, “A school's mural removal: should kids be shielded from brutal US history?”, in The Guardian:
- Flores said the images’ negative impact outweighs their historical and artistic value.
to exceed in weight or mass
to exceed in importance or value
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