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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Examples of outmaneuver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sinaloa Cartel had unleashed a heavily-armed fighting force that would soon outmaneuver and overpower military and national guard troops. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Mexican soldiers ordered son of 'El Chapo' to call cartel to stop attacks on them, video shows," 31 Oct. 2019 But the message might: Buck believes Republicans lost in 2018 because they were outspent and outmaneuvered. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Can these three Republicans save the Colorado GOP from obscurity?," 8 Sep. 2019 The song is an example of the persistence and creativity of the leaderless Hong Kong protest movement, which has nimbly outmaneuvered Beijing and Hong Kong authorities. Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times, "‘Glory to Hong Kong': A new protest anthem moves singers to tears," 13 Sep. 2019 Five Star, outmaneuvered for more than a year by Salvini, has lost much of its support. Washington Post, "Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte wins backing to form a new government — this time, without the far right," 30 Aug. 2019 Hoping for one last score, Priest must now outmaneuver the cartel and two corrupt police officers to find his path to freedom. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Yes, the once-lowly Clippers have outmaneuvered the Lakers not only for Leonard, but also for Paul George. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Lakers lost out on Kawhi Leonard, but all is not lost," 6 July 2019 Along the way, House and Senate old-timers seemed to outmaneuver the White House, though Trump personally prevailed upon Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Andrew Taylor, chicagotribune.com, "Congress finally sends long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill to Trump," 3 June 2019 While dropping out is a disappointing result, Hickenlooper still has a thrilling opportunity to join the Democratic Senate team and outmaneuver President Donald Trump. Doug Friednash, The Denver Post, "Friednash: Run for Senate, Hick," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of outmaneuver

1796, in the meaning defined above

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12 Nov 2019

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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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