out·ma·neu·ver | \ˌau̇t-mə-ˈn(y)ü-vər \
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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Synonyms for outmaneuver


fox, outfox, outsmart, outthink, outwit, overreach

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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 Oliver, 57, has been chair of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee since 1999, having served on the board since 1986, and has outlasted (and in many cases outmaneuvered) a stream of county Democratic chairs over the same period. Steven Lemongello, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lines being drawn in fight to succeed longtime Orange GOP chair," 9 June 2018 On a near-cloudless afternoon by the Kazanka River, Messi and his Argentine teammates were overrun and outmaneuvered here by a French team full of skill, speed, youth and, for the first time in this tournament, goals. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Messi Exits the World Cup. Hours Later, So Does Ronaldo.," 1 July 2018 Some services, the logic goes, are natural monopolies; an upstart search engine is no more likely to outmaneuver Google than an upstart phone company was to string up new phone lines from coast to coast. BostonGlobe.com, "By The Editorial Board," 14 June 2018 Some White House staffers appealed to the President’s gut, while others tried to outmaneuver or wait out the President’s impulses. Brian Bennett, Time, "This Is What Trump’s Impulsive Diplomacy Looks Like," 14 June 2018 Perhaps his camp was simply outmaneuvered in the tactical battle. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Questions raised about Belmont race strategy of second Baffert-trained horse, Restoring Hope," 11 June 2018 In China, though, the multimillion-dollar bear farming industry is thriving, and so far has outmaneuvered its critics. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "China’s bear bile industry persists despite growing awareness of the cruelty involved," 3 June 2018 In China, though, a multimillion-dollar bear-farming industry is continuing to thrive, and has so far outmaneuvered its critics. Author: Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "From hemorrhoids to hangovers: Bear bile is treasured in China, and that’s bad for captive bears," 3 June 2018

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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