run rings round (someone or something)

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run rings round (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 round me!" My sports car is going to run rings round 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 round you guys! When it comes to processing power, Spikerosoft's new machine runs rings round Flapple's.
See also: ring, round, run
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run rings around someone


run rings round someone

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
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run (or make) rings round someone

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