out·​draw ˌau̇t-ˈdrȯ How to pronounce outdraw (audio)
outdrew ˌau̇t-ˈdrü How to pronounce outdraw (audio) ; outdrawn ˌau̇t-ˈdrȯn How to pronounce outdraw (audio) ; outdrawing

transitive verb

: to attract a larger audience or following than
: to draw a handgun more quickly than

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Who ever thought people like J. Geils, Jesse Colin Young and Dr. Hook would ever outdraw The Beatles or Jimi Hendrix in an outdoor show? San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2022 The Eagles and Texans couldn't outdraw the World Series on Thursday. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2022 The conference and expo is expected to outdraw its record 7,500 attendance in 2019. Charlie Fink, Forbes, 26 May 2022 If Trump and McConnell had competing rallies in Louisville, Trump would exponentially outdraw him. Rich Lowry, National Review, 19 Feb. 2021 It’s what’s known as a classic race, a coin flip: Does the pocket pair hold, or does the ace-king outdraw it to win? Maria Konnikova, The Atlantic, 23 June 2020 Last week, Fox News outdrew its broadcast and cable news competition during President Trump’s State of the Union address, topping all broadcast networks and while also doubling the viewership of CNN and MSNBC combined in the process. Fox News, 13 Feb. 2020 Kylee Kimosh, entertainment director for The Rustic, a Dallas bar with live music seven days a week, agrees that cover bands typically outdraw original acts and command larger fees. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, 5 Feb. 2020 The Thorns averaged 20,098 fans per game in 2019, outdrawing 15 Major League Soccer teams. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 30 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outdraw was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Outdraw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outdraw. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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