Out-byzantine meaning

To appear the more subtle negotiator; to outsmart.

"Although Ambassador Korry had admonished the president that “trying to out-Byzantine” the emperor “would be futile and counterproductive” and that Kennedy therefore should “spell out details of the U.S. program and justification from the start,” Washington tried to outsmart HIM..." -- Theodore Vestal, 2011, The Lion of Judah in the New World, p. 127.

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