From out- +‎ strip, where strip is used in the obsolete sense "to pass or move fast".


  • Rhymes: -ɪp
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outstrip (third-person singular simple present outstrips, present participle outstripping, simple past and past participle outstripped or outstript)

  1. (transitive) To outrun or leave behind.
    We quickly outstripped the amateur runners.
    • 2011 February 4, Gareth Roberts, “Wales 19-26 England”, in BBC[1]:
      The wing outstripped Mark Cueto, but Foden's excellent cover tackle killed the threat.
  2. (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: [] 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, Dickens, Charles, 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.
    • 1963 October, G. Freeman Allen and R. K. Evans, “The Japanese National Railways and the New Tokaido Line”, in Modern Railways, page 239:
      With a population that has risen by over 25 per cent since 1940 to over 10m, Tokyo has now outstripped London as the world's largest city.
    • 2011 December 19, Kerry Brown, “Kim Jong-il obituary”, in The Guardian[2]:
      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.