Who wrote "To out-[Person] [Person]"?
December 26, 2011 8:23 AM Subscribe
A bunch of supposedly literate people at Christmas dinner couldn't decide from what piece of classical English literature we all half-remember the phrase "to out-[Person
]", or "it out-[Person
]". We were all sure it was from Shakespeare, but a quick regular expression search of Gutenberg found nothing. Can you think of examples of that construction?
posted by nicwolff to Writing & Language (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite