Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To stay longer than (another or others); overstay: guests who outstayed their welcome.
  • transitive v. To show greater endurance than: She outstayed her opponents and won the race.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stay beyond or longer than.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To stay beyond or longer than.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stay longer than; overstay; remain beyond: as, to outstay one's welcome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. stay too long
  • v. surpass in staying power

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Madrid has also adopted an indulgent line toward the tens of thousands of East Europeans who "outstay" their tourist visas to work in the country's fields, factories and restaurants.

    The East Looks Ok

  • The opening act, a conversation piece, always tends to outstay its welcome, and Peter Selwyn, conducting, might have helped the fine cast and orchestra by quickening the tempi.

    Tosca; La rondine; Arensky Chamber Orchestra – review

  • I suppose Paul has always said that Kauto will outstay the other one, but he's a wonderful jumper, Master Minded, and if he gets his jumping right …In view of their shared ownership, it is a pity that the pair don't seem to get along.

    Clive Smith: 'Kauto Star is fantastic. He has a new life about him'

  • The solos never outstay their welcome, and he never overcomplicates things.

    Keith Urban – Defying Gravity « We Don't Count Your Own Visits To Your Blog

  • It's not hard to read, but you do have to keep on your toes (although, at only 158 pages, it doesn't outstay its welcome).

    Only Joking by Gabriel Josipovici – review

  • Told me never to outstay my welcome and so I'm always on edge, wondering whether I should be going, whether the offer of another drink is meant to be declined.

    Winter-Love in a Dark Corner

  • Perhaps we should insist on better candidates, go to the inconvenience of voting for them, and then ask them to leave - via term limits - before they outstay their welcome.

    Five Popular Delusions Castrating America

  • Fugard's three-hander is wordy but meaty, and if it is inclined to outstay its welcome, it does so with grace.

    The Road to Mecca

  • Let's face it the franchise did more than outstay it's welcome, it beat it to a pulp and destroyed it right in front of our faces, eked every last ounce of humour from it and replayed it until it just wasn't funny any more.

    Filmstalker: Police Academy remake

  • Let's face it the franchise did more than outstay it's welcome, it beat it to a pulp and destroyed it right in front of our faces, eked every last ounce of humour from it and replayed it...

    Filmstalker: March 2010 Archives

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