outflank

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verb out·flank \ˌau̇t-ˈflaŋk\

Definition of outflank

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to get around the flank of (an opposing force)

  3. 2 :  get around, circumvent

Examples of outflank in a sentence

  1. The army outflanked the enemy.

  2. trying to outflank the competition

1765

First Known Use of outflank

1765


OUTFLANK Defined for English Language Learners

outflank

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verb out·flank \ˌau̇t-ˈflaŋk\

Definition of outflank for English Language Learners

  • : 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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