outflank

verb
out·​flank | \ ˌau̇t-ˈflaŋk How to pronounce outflank (audio) \
outflanked; outflanking; outflanks

Definition of outflank

transitive verb

1 : to get around the flank of (an opposing force)

Examples of outflank in a Sentence

The army outflanked the enemy. trying to outflank the competition
Recent Examples on the Web Senate Bill 1327, which was passed by the California Senate on Wednesday, adopts the same approach to circumventing the Second Amendment that Texas pioneered to outflank Roe v. Wade. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 27 May 2022 Fearing Mahinda and Basil were trying to outflank him and engineer their own return to power, Gotabaya secretly met Wickremesinghe to pledge his support. Hafeel Farisz, Washington Post, 22 May 2022 Republicans, meanwhile, have been determined to outflank Biden, casting his approach as weak and feckless — with some clearly seeing the opportunity to create a political wedge ahead of November’s midterm elections. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 Russian forces have used the city as a strategic staging point for their assault in the east and probably seek to outflank Ukrainian defensive positions, the analysts said. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Torres manages to outflank Diaz and kills him with a single shot to the head. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 19 Apr. 2022 The strategy on the steppe, now as in wars past, has been to outflank and surround enemy forces, then pummel them with artillery, as the Soviets did over this same terrain in World War II. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 The target company must skillfully play defense, while also trying to outflank the aggressor. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2022 At the very least, the U.S. has shown a new willingness to try and outflank Putin’s attempts at disinformation. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outflank

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Jul 2022

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“Outflank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outflank. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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