Definition of outface in English:



[with object]
  • Disconcert or defeat (an opponent) by confronting them boldly.

    ‘these achievements were based on outfacing militant unions’
    • ‘Getting themselves sorted with a costly state-of-the-art headquarters was never going to outface this gang.’
    • ‘When the royalists approached on 13 November, they were outfaced at Turnham Green, and fell back to winter in and around Oxford.’
    • ‘The following year he outfaced Khrushchev in the Cuban missile crisis.’
    • ‘Truth can outlast myth but cannot always outface it.’
    • ‘George IV attempted to exert authority over his ministers, but he lacked political skill and persistence and he could always be outmanœuvred or outfaced by determined ministers such as Liverpool and Wellington.’
    stand up to, face down, cow, overawe, intimidate, browbeat, confront, beard, outstare, stare down, stare out, defy
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