- v stay too long
overstay or outstay one's welcome
- v surpass in staying power
They outstayed their competitors
- To all such acrimony, TV Critic Jack O'Brian, 50, responds with the unruffled self-assurance of a man who has managed to outstay most of his manifold detractors.
- The generosity of Armenian Kurds makes it all too easy to outstay a welcome.
- David Tennant in USA Today
This show has been so special to me,Tennant said. "I don't want to outstay my welcome."
- Anthony Thwaite in guardian.co.uk
Thwaite, who published some of the verse letters in Encounter, says "Occasionally they outstay their welcome. But it's Clive playing at being Byron."