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 Howard threw a long pass to Roberts, who outfoxed two Calvert Hall defenders to make the catch before turning and running the final yards into the end zone for the 73-yard touchdown. Jeff Seidel, baltimoresun.com, "Big plays carry No. 7 McDonogh past No. 4 Calvert Hall, 28-8, in football," 5 Oct. 2019 The guttersnipes have outfoxed the plutocrats, for once. Kyle Smith, National Review, "An Intriguing Class-War Comedy," 3 Oct. 2019 The 2014 Spurs truly played a beautiful game, outfoxing a Heat dynasty on its last legs. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Ranking the Best NBA Finals of the Past Decade," 16 Sep. 2019 The next step is outfoxing teams in the playoffs, where a defense will sit on all his favorite spots and anticipate his inevitable move back to his left hand. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Very loosely inspired by World War II movies like The Great Escape (1963), Heroes featured a motley crew of inmates in a German prisoner-of-war camp outfoxing a remarkably inept Third Reich for six seasons. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "The tragic, unsolved murder of Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane," 26 Aug. 2019 In clashes with police throughout the city, protestors have tried to outfox the authorities by moving unpredictably and without official permission. Nikhil Sonnad, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s police are rolling out harsh new tactics against protestors," 11 Aug. 2019 Simon Yates outfoxed and outsprinted two other riders at the finish in Bagnères-de-Bigorre. Washington Post, "Taste of the Tour: Piping-hot bean stew in summer? Bien sûr!," 18 July 2019 Her ability to outfox Prohibition enforcers may have been helped by her gender. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "New Highwood distillery revives Prohibition-era legend," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of outfox

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outfox was in 1872

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20 Nov 2019

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“Outfox.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outfoxed. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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