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 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, "Masaichi Kaneda, Japan’s ‘Emperor’ of Baseball, Dies at 86," 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, "San Antonio Veterans Memorial punches ticket to state," 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, "25 greatest heavyweight fights of the last 100 years," 18 Feb. 2020 At halftime, the guys ripped Hassan Whiteside’s awful first half in which the Trail Blazers’ center scored just two points and was thoroughly outworked by Clippers center Ivan Zubac ... Tim Brown, oregonlive, "Charles Barkley says Portland Trail Blazers should trade for Kevin Love and more from the NBA on TNT crew," 8 Nov. 2019 Future first-round pick because of talent and will outwork everyone in the building. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Why football people are so high on a new Alabama edge rusher," 6 Feb. 2020 The Red Wings were frustrated after being outworked by the Canucks in a 5-1 loss. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' hot start fades after 'unacceptable' outing at Vancouver," 16 Oct. 2019 An imposing former member of the Navy SEALs, Cummings had been a mainstay of the Counterterrorism Division since 9/11, rising through the ranks and outworking most of those around him. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Operation Encore and the Saudi Connection: A Secret History of the 9/11 Investigation," 23 Jan. 2020 Her calling cards as a coach are discipline and outworking everyone else. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "E-N Sportswoman of the Year: Corrales leads Judson to historic run," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fury used his movement and crisp jab to outwork Wilder. cleveland, "Wilder-Fury 2 predictions: Who wins the rematch and why," 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, "Doc's Morning Line: The Harrelson curse? Come on now, Cincinnati Bengals fans. Really?," 24 July 2019 Jay will listen, outwork anyone, and will act with the highest of ethical standards. Houston Chronicle, "Letters to the Editor," 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, "Western Conference Final Preview: Can the Jets Slow Down the White-Hot Golden Knights?," 11 May 2018 As a businessman Huizenga was famously disciplined and demanding, determined to outwork competitors and inspire employees. Mike Clary, Sun-Sentinel.com, "H. Wayne Huizenga, South Florida business titan, dead at 80," 23 Mar. 2018 Spoelstra masks this small flaw by getting his group to outwork teams in scrabbles for loose balls. Karl Bullock, SI.com, "The Case for Coach of the Year: Erik Spoelstra," 1 Feb. 2018 Do the Patriots outwork the NFL’s other 31 franchises? Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Former NFL star says focus is Pats' "secret sauce"," 30 Jan. 2018 Do your research, be innovative and outwork everybody. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Spotlight: Rap Snacks CEO James Lindsay on Building a New Marketplace for Hip-Hop," 22 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. 2020.

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