outmaneuver

verb out·ma·neu·ver \ ˌau̇t-mə-ˈn(y)ü-vər \
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of outmaneuver

outmaneuvered; outmaneuvering
: 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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1796

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