outwork

verb
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

outwork

noun
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

The Texan, who was born on Long Island, N.Y., got the jump on Peterson from the opening bell and greatly outworked the Washington, D.C. fighter throughout. Bob Velin, USA TODAY, "Errol Spence Jr. stops Lamont Peterson in eighth round to retain welterweight title," 20 Jan. 2018 As coach Tyronn Lue had hoped, Cleveland was more physical and won several 50-50 balls while outrebounding and outworking the Warriors, who spent much of the first half barking about the officiating. Tom Withers, BostonGlobe.com, "Warriors one win from sweeping Cavaliers in NBA Finals," 7 June 2018 As coach Tyronn Lue had hoped, Cleveland was more physical and won several 50-50 balls while outrebounding and outworking the Warriors, who spent much of the first half barking about the officiating. Tom Withers, BostonGlobe.com, "Warriors one win from sweeping Cavaliers in NBA Finals," 7 June 2018 The Vols have outperformed preseason expectations by outworking and outhustling opponents. USA TODAY, "Barnes wants the No. 18 Vols to remember embarrassing loss," 12 Feb. 2018 As coach Tyronn Lue had hoped, Cleveland was more physical and won several 50-50 balls while outrebounding and outworking the Warriors, who spent much of the first half barking about the officiating. Tom Withers, BostonGlobe.com, "Warriors one win from sweeping Cavaliers in NBA Finals," 7 June 2018 As coach Tyronn Lue had hoped, Cleveland was more physical and won several 50-50 balls while outrebounding and outworking the Warriors, who spent much of the first half barking about the officiating. Tom Withers, BostonGlobe.com, "Warriors one win from sweeping Cavaliers in NBA Finals," 7 June 2018 No one out-prepares or outworks Hoskins, Kapler said. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Rhys Hoskins leads Phillies, as his mother would have expected | Matt Breen," 12 May 2018 Victor Oladipo outscored LeBron James, Nate McMillan outcoached Tyronn Lue and the Pacers in general thoroughly outworked the Cavaliers in Game 1. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Once left for dead, Pacers are a secret no more," 15 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Each can lock up players now and not have to spend time re-recruiting them into February, which will allow more time to potentially zero in on a few key players and outwork other programs to maybe lure those bigger fish before February. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Early signing period may not be the best for football. But it's good for U of L and UK | Estes," 19 Dec. 2017 But McGregor actually does outwork boxing’s ultimate defenseman and squeak out a decision, then give him every belt in the every sport. Mike Dyce, SI.com, "Thursday Tap Out: Conor McGregor's camp stands by its man," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of outwork

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1615, in the meaning defined above

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