run circles around (someone or something)

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.
See also: around, circle, run
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

run circles around someone

 and 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.
See also: around, circle, run
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

run circles around someone

If you run circles around someone, you are much better than them at a particular activity, and can easily beat them. Try and make a property deal with a Majorcan farmer and he'll run circles around a Wall Street broker. Young companies are running circles around their older, richer, slower rivals.
See also: around, circle, run, someone
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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