outsmart


outsmart

verb (used with object)

  1. to get the better of (someone); outwit.

Idioms

  1. outsmart oneself, to defeat oneself unintentionally by overly elaborate intrigue, scheming, or the like: This time he may have outsmarted himself.

verb

  1. (tr) informal to get the better of; outwit

v.“to prove too clever for,” 1926, from out + smart (adj.). Related: Outsmarted; outsmarting.

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