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 Over the coming years Bennett held several posts in Netanyahu's various governments, including as minister of Defense, while continuing to outflank Netanyahu on issues relating to the Palestinian territories. Rob Picheta, CNN, 4 June 2021 For the past six weeks, two upstart cable news channels — Newsmax and One America News — have tried to outflank Fox News from the right by embracing President Trump’s strategy of election denialism. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2020 The 2020 Democratic primary saw a whole forum on the gun-control issue with the candidates trying to outflank each other. Philip Elliott, Time, 9 Apr. 2021 Liberals looking to outflank Republicans on immigration in the 1990s, after all, mainly helped to drag that conversation firmly into the territory of the nativist right. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 18 Mar. 2021 With that sort of framing, Biden could outflank Republicans and come out on top in the upcoming debate. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 15 Mar. 2021 Fox News has responded by attempting to outflank its new competitors. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 24 Feb. 2021 To outflank their bosses, the scientists asked a London investment banker to help explore other potential deals. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2020 Newsmax, which is attempting to outflank Fox News from the political right, posted a notice on its website Sunday night and then had a host read the full two-minute statement on the air Monday. Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of outflank

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outflank was in 1765

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“Outflank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outflank. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outflank

: to move around the side of (something, such as an opposing force) to attack from behind
: to gain an advantage over (someone or something)

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