Definition of outstay in English:



[with object]
  • 1Stay beyond the limit of (one's expected or permitted time)

    ‘employees who had outstayed their coffee break’
    • ‘Shopkeepers said the wardens were prowling up and down the street waiting to pounce on anyone outstaying their parking time - and their actions were driving away customers, with takings in some shops down by 25 per cent.’
    • ‘I will outstay everything for the seasonal observance.’
    • ‘The remainder were described by the Home Office as ‘over-stayers’, who entered the country legally but outstayed their visas.’
    • ‘One was an asylum seeker who had outstayed his British visa.’
    • ‘As far as longevity is concerned, Torrance has outstayed them all.’
    • ‘But there may be stronger forces pulling at CEOs to outstay their usefulness.’
  • 2Endure or last longer than (another competitor)

    ‘his mount tenaciously outstayed Melody for second place’
    • ‘He simply outstayed them from five furlongs out, which is how he liked to win his races, and you have to be a bloody tough horse to do it like that.’
    • ‘He was 20 lengths up at halfway and outstayed the field to land the race at odds of 11-2.’
    • ‘He outstayed Vinnie Roe today and he is the ideal horse for the two miles of the Melbourne race.’
    • ‘The other horse just outstayed him but she's a super filly.’
    • ‘They had to come back from a nine part deficit at one stage but put in a blistering second half display to outstay and outplay the opposition, winning by six points eventually.’
    • ‘Railing in superb style, Liskelly Gold outbattled and outstayed the favourite, cruising well clear down the home straight to win by five lengths in the excellent time of 29-80.’