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

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Examples of outfox in a Sentence

the prisoners outfoxed the guards by tunneling beneath the prison walls
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Fresh off getting outfoxed by the dumbest president in American history, Todd will bring his both sides-y brand to the debates. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Give Democrats a Chance to Get Serious in Their First Debates," 26 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of outfox

1872, in the meaning defined above

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23 Oct 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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