- (transitive) To outrun or leave behind.
- We quickly outstripped the amateur runners.
- 2011 February 4, Gareth Roberts, “Wales 19-26 England”, in BBC:
- The wing outstripped Mark Cueto, but Foden's excellent cover tackle killed the threat.
- (transitive) To exceed, excel or surpass.
- This year's production has already outstripped last year's.
- 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i], page 14:
- Pro. […] O Ferdinand, / Doe not ſmile at me, that I boaſt her of, / For thou ſhalt finde ſhe will out-ſtrip all praiſe / And make it halt, behinde her.
- 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities:
- All the time, our overfraught hearts are beating at a rate that would far outstrip the fastest gallop of the fastest horses ever foaled.
- 2011 December 19, Kerry Brown, “Kim Jong-il obituary”, in The Guardian:
- Kim was educated at the newly founded university in Pyongyang, named after his father, graduating in 1964. The 1960s and early 1970s were the golden years for the DPRK. It undertook rapid industrialisation, economically outstripped its southern competitor, and enjoyed the support of both the People's Republic of China, and the Soviet Union.
to outrun or leave behind
to exceed, excel or surpass