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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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 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

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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