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run rings 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 rings around me!" My sports car is going to run rings around your pokey little station wagon!
2. To do something much better or more efficiently than someone or something. Let me try playing that video game with you—I bet I could run rings around you guys! When it comes to processing power, Spikerosoft's new machine runs rings around Flapple's.
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run rings around
Also, run circles around. Be markedly superior to, as in Ethan runs rings around David in chess, or In spelling, Karen runs circles around her classmates. The first term, dating from the late 1800s, alludes to a horse running around a riding ring much faster than the others.
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run ˈrings around/round somebody/something(informal) do something very well and so make your opponent look foolish: I don’t want to compete against her in the debate, she’ll run rings around me.
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run circles/rings around, to
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).
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