out·​work | \ ˌau̇t-ˈwərk How to pronounce outwork (audio) \
outworked; outworking; outworks

Definition of outwork

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

2 : to work harder, faster, or better than


out·​work | \ ˈau̇t-ˌwərk How to pronounce outwork (audio) \

Definition of outwork (Entry 2 of 2)

: a minor defensive position constructed outside a fortified area

Examples of outwork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Calipari knew Quickley would be better than what the critics assumed because of his former point guard’s willingness to outwork anyone. Ryan Mcfadden, baltimoresun.com, 20 Aug. 2021 This is not to say that team members constantly need to outwork each other; rather, team members who maintain an even pace without supervision stand out. Expert Panel, Forbes, 4 June 2021 His answers usually call back to that creed — to the blue-collar mindset and belief that no one is going to outwork you. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 26 Apr. 2021 Following Lanett’s loss to Pickens County in the Class 1A championship game, Dozier made a vow to never allow another team to outwork him or his teammates again. Evan Dudley, al, 3 Mar. 2021 He’s also charged with rallying a group of relative strangers into a motivated unit, eager to outwork their opponents over the length of a long, grueling season. Scott Kushner, NOLA.com, 1 Dec. 2020 But Kaneda outworked his younger teammates, and despite a mediocre record in his five seasons with the club, he was given the honor of starting the first game of the Japan Series (Japan’s equivalent of the World Series) in each of those years. Ken Belson, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2019 Williams was particularly efficient on the offensive glass, outworking the Antlers for rebounds and converting them into second-chance points. Zach Mason, ExpressNews.com, 29 Feb. 2020 The champ had made a name for himself at heavyweight by staying on the outside and outworking heavier opponents. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 18 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While none of the four will start out on scholarship all four have taken the gamble to bet on themselves, outwork and outplay scholarship prospects and earn a free education and playing time on Saturdays. oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2021 Fury used his movement and crisp jab to outwork Wilder. cleveland, 22 Feb. 2020 Ed practiced his players three times a day, because his opening game opponent was working out his team twice a day, and Ed was gonna outwork that guy. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 24 July 2019 Jay will listen, outwork anyone, and will act with the highest of ethical standards. Houston Chronicle, 30 June 2018 Vegas would like nothing more than to outwork and outhustle Winnipeg, win the neutral zone and score timely goals to win another series. Tim Hackett, SI.com, 11 May 2018 As a businessman Huizenga was famously disciplined and demanding, determined to outwork competitors and inspire employees. Mike Clary, Sun-Sentinel.com, 23 Mar. 2018 Spoelstra masks this small flaw by getting his group to outwork teams in scrabbles for loose balls. Karl Bullock, SI.com, 1 Feb. 2018 Do the Patriots outwork the NFL’s other 31 franchises? Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of outwork


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1615, in the meaning defined above

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“Outwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outwork. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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