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

Examples of outmuscle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Atwell split two defenders and then outmuscled them to make the catch. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2023 On his fourth pass of the drive, Murray launched a Hail Mary into triple-coverage in the end zone and Hopkins, acquired in a trade this off-season to unlock Murray’s potential, managed to outjump and outmuscle all three Buffalo defenders for the ball. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2020 There was the size factor, with Desert Vista outmuscling its way to six second-chance points. Theo MacKie, The Arizona Republic, 4 Mar. 2023 In an overwhelming show of force, the Grizzlies outpaced and outmuscled the Nanooks from start to finish to win 64-33. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2023 The Tigers were outmuscled 44-38 (14-8 offensive) on the boards, but the offense carried them through. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 17 Mar. 2023 It was outmuscled on the offensive boards, allowing Arizona State to score 21 second-chance points. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2023 He’s also put on good weight and can outmuscle smaller safeties and linebackers. cleveland, 22 Aug. 2021 On the first of those touchdowns, sophomore quarterback Anterious Samuel threw a 12-yard pass to the back left corner of the end zone for Anderson to outmuscle two Curtis defenders for the ball as enough of him landed in bounds for Karr to claim a 29-26 lead with 3:22 remaining. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, 17 Oct. 2020

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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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“Outmuscle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outmuscle. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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