American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To spend beyond the limits of: outspends his earnings.
- v. To outdo in spending: outspends all her relatives at Christmas.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To surpass in outlay; spend more money than.
- n. Outlay; expenditure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To spend more than.
- v. To spend to exhaustion; to spend more than the limits of.
- n. rare Outlay; expenditure.
- out- + spend (Wiktionary)
“But in today's New York Times, RNC chair Ken Mehlman is quoted saying that the Dems will "outspend" the GOP.”
“Barack Obama decided to forgo public funding so that he could vastly outspend John McCain.”
“The DCCC decided to let the NRCC outspend it last month, in hopes of ending the campaign with a crushing financial advantage.”
“The eye-popping number ensures that the RGA will outspend the Democratic Governors Association in nearly every closely contested governors race in the country -- and could have an even larger impact in large states like Florida, Ohio and Texas where communicating to voters is a very costly endeavor.”
“The real motivation behind Think Progress 'blog is clearly to take business and its representative organizations out of the advocacy process (whether it be legislative or commenting on a member of Congress' record) -- a playing field that is not exactly level when you consider that labor unions and their allies far outspend business on election efforts.”
“The failure of the recent climate bill proved that environmental groups cannot outspend or outmaneuver the fossil fuel industry.”
“It took him years to become financially secure, and even then his urge to outspend his rivals on new tricks could plunge him back into debt.”
“Energy companies are generally willing to outspend other guar buyers.”
“But Morrison would have to outspend them substantially to alter the trajectory of the race, which Regan was increasingly confident favored them, and no one in either campaign believed Morrison would ever have enough money to do that.”
“Simon Cowell had taken his talents to The X Factor and between the two shows, Fox would out-yell and outspend any and all other music competitions.”
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