One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Stay 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.’
- ‘The remainder were described by the Home Office as ‘over-stayers’, who entered the country legally but outstayed their visas.’
- ‘As far as longevity is concerned, Torrance has outstayed them all.’
- ‘I will outstay everything for the seasonal observance.’
- ‘But there may be stronger forces pulling at CEOs to outstay their usefulness.’
- ‘One was an asylum seeker who had outstayed his British visa.’
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