run rings around (one)

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run rings around (one)

To do something much better or more efficiently than someone else. Please, I could run rings around you guys—let me try playing that video game with you. After seeing her latest times, I expect Shelly to run rings around her competition in the pool today.
See also: around, ring, run

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.
See also: around, ring, run

run rings around someone

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run rings round someone

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If someone runs rings round you or runs rings around you, they perform much better than you, often defeating you. He was very happy, having just watched his side run rings around Everton. Note: You often hear people say that someone can run rings round or around someone else, meaning that they are much better at something than the other person. Mentally, he can still run rings round men half his age.
See also: around, ring, run, someone

run (or make) rings round someone

outclass or outwit someone very easily. informal
See also: ring, round, run, someone

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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"Criminals are hugely adaptive to the landscape in which they operate, and if we keep using the same old tools, the same old hackneyed tactics, they're just going to run rings around us.
I am sure, had Margaret Thatcher been involved in these negotiations she would not have allowed our "opponents" to run rings around us.
I am sure, had Margaret Thatcher been involved in these negotiations she would not have allowed our "opponents" to run rings around us. They would almost certainly have wilted before her no-nonsense rhetoric.
Jeremy on I am sure, had Margaret Thatcher been involved in these negotiations, she would not have allowed our 'opponents' to run rings around us
Our young smarty-pants of today might be able to programme their fancy mobile phones or run rings around us on the computer - but put them in a pair of gutties on an ash track and they'd be toast.
Putin, who is essentially an ex-KGB thug, has run rings around us.
They run rings around us. I hope Holly's degree will make her fluent in these modern ways of selling and that she will bring ideas inside these Victorian walls I would have never thought of."
Nor did we scream abuse at them or allow them to run rings around us, as is the case in the Supernanny households.
Every Friday, he would join in our games of five-a-side in training and he would run rings around us, although there was one rule: you couldn't tackle him or else you'd be dropped from the team on Saturday!
They run rings around us like Saddam tricking the UN weapons inspectors.
We are mugs in this country for letting these guys run rings around us.
Demonarrows No excuses, it''s the second lousy performance by the Blues, if we don''t improve quickly Northampton will run rings around us. Early days I know, but get the basics right Dai & get the Blues we support back on track please.
I remember he used to talk about the Boro Swifts, and naturally Don used to run rings around us when we played, for fun of course.
Greg Mathis ADAM LALLANA was the one player all season who seemed to run rings around us.
MEAN Girls star Lindsay Lohan had better be sharper than this if she wants to run rings around us.