out·​mus·​cle ˌau̇t-ˈmə-səl How to pronounce outmuscle (audio)
outmuscled; outmuscling

transitive verb

: to defeat or overwhelm by or as if by using greater physical strength and effort
Saturday, however, Xavier outmuscled Utah all night on the boards, dominating them for 40 minutes … Stephen Lindsay
If ESPN.com outmuscles every other source of printed verbiage, then it is appropriate to ask: Is it any good? Bryan Curtis

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Trainer Robert Garcia took over and at times in the rematch, Joshua was able to use his size (6-foot-6, 244.5 pounds) to outmuscle the smaller Usyk (6-foot-3, 221.5 pounds). Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, 21 Aug. 2022 Stewart asserted himself offensively, using his body to outmuscle Wood and Alperen Sengun for a 16-point, eight-rebound day. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 18 Dec. 2021 Kuminga isn’t going to outmuscle foes, but a player with his physical skills can add a measure of intimidation. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Aug. 2021 Ware recorded 8 points with 9 rebounds, 2 assists and a block, and teammate Javion Guy-King tallied 10 points, but the duo could not outmuscle the springy, 6-3 Ford. Eli Lederman, Arkansas Online, 28 June 2021 Mickey Johnson went 0 for 7 in just 13 minutes, Quinn Buckner had a stomach illness and Philly was able to outmuscle the Bucks, even with Bob Lanier throwing punches and mixing things up. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 June 2021 Can be exposed when left on an island against someone who can outsize or outmuscle him. USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2021 The Saints should be able to outmuscle the Spartans. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, 29 Oct. 2020 Democrats are trying to mobilize Puerto Ricans to outmuscle Republican Cubans at the voting booth and help Joe Biden beat Donald Trump in November. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, 24 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outmuscle was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Outmuscle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outmuscle. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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