One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To stand or endure longer than; to stay to or beyond the end of.
2no object To continue in existence or remain undetermined; especially (of a sum of money, debt, etc.) to be unsettled or unpaid. Chiefly. as pres. pple. Compare earlier "outstanding".
3no object To stand out prominently, to project. Also in extended use: to be conspicuous, noteworthy, or superior.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From out- + stand.
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