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
Recent Examples on the Web The only way to keep the advantage is to continue to outpace, outbuild, and outfox the competition. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Su-57 Vs. J-20: What the Competition Tells Us About America's New Fighter," 6 Dec. 2020 Bill Belichick just might have done it again: found a way to outfox his opponents with another low-risk, high-reward move that the rest of the league was afraid to make. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Cam Newton-New England Patriots union could be a match made in heaven," 29 June 2020 But Mahrez zipped the ball off the greasy turf to beat the England stopper, totally outfoxing his opponent. SI.com, "Fantasy Premier League: The Dream Team From Gameweek 7," 1 Oct. 2019 Even an indefatigable performer like Willie Nelson can’t outfox COVID-19. Dallas News, "Willie Nelson pushes new album release back to July because of pandemic," 23 Mar. 2020 Tech giants such as Google and Amazon.com Inc. are deploying artificial intelligence to ferret out fraud on their platforms, but some cybercriminals are outfoxing Silicon Valley with software that is getting better at mimicking human behavior. Parmy Olson, WSJ, "New Tactics Punch Holes in Big Tech’s Ad-Fraud Defenses," 7 Jan. 2020 The competition was outfoxed on The Masked Singer finale. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "The Masked Singer finale crowns a winner and reveals celebs under Fox, Flamingo, and Rottweiler masks," 19 Dec. 2019 Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward outfoxed Trubisky on the interception with 13 minutes, 7 seconds remaining. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The Bears finally ran the ball — but the offense remains broken behind the inconsistent Mitch Trubisky," 27 Oct. 2019 Around the world, more investors are starting to bet that dumb money can outfox smart money. Shuli Ren | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Why China’s Stock Market Is Scarier Than 2015," 7 July 2019

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Outfox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outfox. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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