out·play | \ ˌau̇t-ˈplā \
outplayed; outplaying; outplays

Definition of outplay 

transitive verb

: to play better than especially : to outdo in playing a game The Knicks took a 21-point lead in the first half, gave up 18 consecutive points in the third quarter, but outplayed the Kings down the stretch to win … The Times Union (Albany, New York)

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And people forget that Rosen outplayed Sam Darnold when USC and UCLA met late last season. azcentral, "NFL draft reaction: Arizona Cardinals big NFL draft winner for Josh Rosen pick?," 27 Apr. 2018 The Capitals, despite being outplayed during most of the first 16 minutes, built a 3-0 lead on 11 first-period shots and never looked back. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Caps whip Vegas; one win away from first Stanley Cup," 4 June 2018 Despite being outplayed, the Swiss had a few threatening moments in the first half, both of which came from right back Stephan Lichtsteiner. SI.com, "Spain 1-1 Switzerland: Swiss Punish De Gea Howler to Earn Creditable Draw Against Dominant Spain," 3 June 2018 Alabama is Alabama for a reason, and on Monday night, that reason had to do with a roster deep and talented enough to outplay and outlast Georgia in the second half after a gutsy decision Saban made at halftime gave his team a chance. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "National championship: Alabama's dynasty rolls past Georgia and closer to legend | Gentry Estes," 9 Jan. 2018 In this retelling of the viral prank, Drew was a massively famous and respected street court star who could outplay an entire opposing team while carrying a ham sandwich. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Uncle Drew': Lil Rel Howery coaches NBA all-stars to surprising win," 26 June 2018 On Wednesday, in a game in which Portugal was again outplayed, Ronaldo picked his teammates up, put them on his shoulders and, with some help from goalkeeper Rui Patricio, carried them to victory. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo scores game's lone goal in Portugal's win over Morocco," 20 June 2018 Many experts watching the talks take shape worry that Trump may be so eager to reach a deal with Kim that he gets outplayed in the negotiating room. Brian Bennett / Singapore, Time, "How Trump Decided to Meet Kim," 10 June 2018 Braden Holtby made 28 saves in Game 5, outplaying three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury in the other net one final time. baltimoresun.com, "Jackpot! Capitals rally past Golden Knights, 4-3, in Vegas in Game 5 to win their first Stanley Cup," 7 June 2018

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1702, in the meaning defined above

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