One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Disconcert or defeat (an opponent) by confronting them boldly.‘these achievements were based on outfacing militant unions’
stand up to, face down, cow, overawe, intimidate, browbeat, confront, beard, outstare, stare down, stare out, defyView synonyms
- ‘The following year he outfaced Khrushchev in the Cuban missile crisis.’
- ‘When the royalists approached on 13 November, they were outfaced at Turnham Green, and fell back to winter in and around Oxford.’
- ‘Truth can outlast myth but cannot always outface it.’
- ‘Getting themselves sorted with a costly state-of-the-art headquarters was never going to outface this gang.’
- ‘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.’
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