out·​fox | \ ˌau̇t-ˈfäks How to pronounce outfox (audio) \
outfoxed; outfoxing; outfoxes

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the prisoners outfoxed the guards by tunneling beneath the prison walls

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But with a war against the White Walkers coming, outfoxing her rivals yet again will be harder than ever. Glamour, "Game of Thrones," 12 Apr. 2019 In 18 years running Russia, Mr. Putin has outfoxed two previous U.S. Presidents who sought better relations. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "What Putin Wants From Trump," 12 July 2018 There’s no kick, in other words, in watching Renner outfox his opponents. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Tag' review: Don't these guys have anything else to do?," 14 June 2018 The man loved technical puzzles and outfoxing authorities. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cyber Saturday—We've Updated Our Privacy Polic—Kidding!," 26 May 2018 Dove soap maker Unilever PLC, outfoxed by more nimble rivals, has decided to imitate smaller competitors rather than swim against the tide. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Small Brands Are Taking a Thousand Little Bites Out of Campbell’s Business," 21 May 2018 McCain successfully outfoxed Hart and graduated in 1958. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "John McCain rebelled at the Naval Academy — and as a POW — long before he was a Senate maverick," 3 May 2018 Unable to merge with a competitor, the company instead innovated, outfoxed the bigger players, and succeeded wildly. David Dayen, The New Republic, "T-Mobile’s Corporate Hypocrisy," 30 Apr. 2018 After podiuming in the first dual, Rahal makes the proper adjustments to outfox his teammate and a hard-charging Sebastien Bourdais to give RLL its second Detroit doubleheader sweep in as many years. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Predicting the outcome of all 17 IndyCar races," 7 Mar. 2018

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outfox

: to defeat or trick (someone) by being more intelligent or clever

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