outfight

verb
out·​fight | \ ˌau̇t-ˈfīt How to pronounce outfight (audio) \
outfought\ ˌau̇t-​ˈfȯt How to pronounce outfought (audio) \; outfighting

Definition of outfight

transitive verb

: to outdo or surpass in fighting or competing : to fight or compete harder or more skillfully than The southpaw went down from a counter left hook to the chin in the fifth … but appeared to outhustle and outfight Bujaj most of the way.— Bob Velin … Minnesota's pedestrian DBs [=defensive backs] could not outfight Penn State's big receivers.— David Jones

Examples of outfight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Granted, there were times when Murray just chucked the ball and the Cardinals outfought the Ravens for it, but other times when Arizona receivers were wide open across the middle. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston’s report card: Position-by-position grades for Ravens’ 23-17 win over Cardinals," 15 Sep. 2019 The Dons led 23-6 with 11:35 left in the fourth quarter when Dote completed a beautiful 19-yard strike to Josh Heverly, who outfought a defensive back for the ball in the end zone. Matt Schwab, The Mercury News, "Amador Valley staves off Antioch in thrilling opener," 23 Aug. 2019 Tillman leaped and reached over the head and shoulders of Moss and outfought him for the ball for a game-saving interception. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 38, Charles Tillman," 30 July 2019 They were not outplayed or outfought by a Juventus side which featured elite names such as Paulo Dybala, Sami Khedira, Blaise Matuidi and Douglas Costa. SI.com, "Why AC Milan's Future Is Bright Under Gattuso and Young Stars Despite Underwhelming Season," 11 May 2018 But the Todd Pletcher-trainee showed his class down the lane and outfought Lone Sailor to the wire under jockey John Velasquez. Brett Duke, NOLA.com, "Saints' Thomas Morstead shaves his head for a cause," 24 Mar. 2018 Trubisky put Chicago ahead 17-3 in the third quarter with an on-the-run, 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dion Sims, who outfought Tony Jefferson for the ball in the end zone. USA TODAY, "Bears beat Ravens 27-24 in overtime as Jordan Howard rushes for 167 yards," 15 Oct. 2017 The drive also featured the highlight of the first half as Banks broke a sure tackle and found Clewis, who outfought a defender for the catch at the 9-yard-line. Joseph Halm, NOLA.com, "Missed opportunities prove critical in Tulane's 17-16 homecoming loss to Cincinnati," 6 Nov. 2017 First, Rasul Douglas outfought Kelvin Benjamin and knocked away a pass in the end zone. Les Bowen, Philly.com, "Eagles earned a front-row seat for this weekend's NFL action," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of outfight

1650, in the meaning defined above

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28 Sep 2019

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