run circles around
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run circles around (someone or something)
1. To move much faster than someone or something. A: "Hey, wanna race?" B: "No way, I'm too out of shape. You would run circles around me!" My sports car is going to run circles around your pokey little station wagon!
2. To do something much better or more efficiently than someone or something. Her presentation on the way molecules bind together was so polished and well researched—she absolutely ran circles around the other students. When it comes to pure processing power, Spikerosoft's new machine runs circles around Flapple's.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
run circles around someoneand run rings around someone
Fig. to outrun or outdo someone. (Alludes to someone who runs fast enough to run in circles around a competitor and still win the race.) John is a much better racer than Mary. He can run circles around her. Mary can run rings around Sally.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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To defeat decisively in a contest; to outdo. The implication here is that a runner moving in circles can still beat another running in a straight line. The term began to appear in print in the 1890s. “He could run rings round us in everything,” wrote G. Parker in the Westminster Gazette (1894).
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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