out·​ma·​neu·​ver | \ ˌau̇t-mə-ˈn(y)ü-vər How to pronounce outmaneuver (audio) \
outmaneuvered; outmaneuvering

Definition of outmaneuver

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: to outdo, defeat, or gain an advantage over by skillful or clever maneuvering : to maneuver more effectively than Battalions are especially important in desert warfare because they are powerful enough to deliver devastating blows … but small enough to sneak along ridges and valleys to outmaneuver larger forces.— Bob Davis … an amorally ambitious studio exec who disposes of a threatening screenwriter as coolly as he outmaneuvers a rival executive.— Gregg Kilday Sabre pilots learned that if they could force their adversaries to change direction rapidly, the Sabre could outmaneuver them.— Fred Reed

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Although both games were close, the human players were eventually outmaneuvered. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "An AI Beat the Top Humans at a Modern Video Game Thanks to the Power of Teamwork," 16 Apr. 2019 The centrism that marked her tenure, however, frustrated many conservatives who sought to outmaneuver the court’s liberal wing rather than find common ground with it. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Sandra Day O’Connor, First Woman on Supreme Court, Diagnosed With Dementia," 23 Oct. 2018 But in the meantime, Fox and Comcast are trying to outmaneuver each other for Sky. Meg James, latimes.com, "Comcast offers $34 billion for Sky TV, topping a bid from Fox," 11 July 2018 But those concerns appear to have been largely drowned out on social media, where Bolsonaro’s campaign outmaneuvered Haddad’s. Peter Prengaman, The Seattle Times, "A rise from marginal lawmaker to presidential front-runner," 27 Oct. 2018 Getting at that soldier requires good marksmanship and timing, outmaneuvering him, or simply blowing up the building. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s XM-25 'Punisher' Supergun Is Dead," 13 Aug. 2018 Congressional leadership races often move quickly, with candidates rushing to win supporters and outmaneuver rivals. Alan Fram, chicagotribune.com, "McCarthy, Scalise are likely contenders for House speaker — or minority leader," 12 Apr. 2018 While Trump won praise for getting Kim to the table, some analysts are worried he’ll get outmaneuvered -- and that could actually increase the risk of war. David Tweed, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Has Agreed to Meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Now What?," 9 Mar. 2018 Kim appeared to have solved the problems that plagued the Musudan — and perhaps outmaneuvered the U.S. sabotage program. Author: David E. Sanger, William J. Broad, Anchorage Daily News, "How North Korea’s nuclear pace caught the U.S. off guard," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of outmaneuver

1796, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outmaneuver

: to use cleverness or skill to gain an advantage over (someone)

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