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

Definition of outmaneuver

transitive verb

: 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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Dooley and Harlon Hill formed an excellent receiving tandem, with the 6-foot-4 Dooley and the 6-3 Hill consistently able to outmaneuver smaller defensive backs for the ball. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 73, Jim Dooley," 25 June 2019 Driven by a risk-taking chief executive, Occidental Petroleum Corp. is trying to swallow a competitor close to its own size, outmaneuvering one of the world’s oil giants in the process. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Occidental CEO Battles Oil-Field Giant to Rule the Permian Basin," 8 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of outmaneuver

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outmaneuver was in 1796

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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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