Definition of outfight in English:



[with object]
  • Fight better than and beat (an opponent)

    ‘he challenged a hundred men and outfought every one’
    • ‘Initially, however, the gamble seemed to pay off, as the Japanese armed forces outmanoeuvred and outfought their opponents in campaigns which brought victories in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaya, Burma, and the Philippines.’
    • ‘Their midfield never gained enough of the ball during the game and their forwards, starved of possession, were outfought by a resolute defence when the ball did arrive.’
    • ‘However, for long periods, they were outfought by the home side who hustled them out of their stride and played as if their lives depended on the outcome.’
    • ‘So far as the military intellectual is concerned, he is wed to the belief that in war against a competitive foe, we shall have to outthink that foe if we are to be successful in outfighting him.’
    • ‘Yes, he'd outfought her, but she'd had a chance right up to the point her missile had failed to launch.’
    • ‘Time and again, he warned his side of the danger of being outfought by more eager opponents.’
    • ‘It outfought them all to win further territory.’
    • ‘I don't care what or who this thing thinks it is, nothing can outfight me with a blade.’
    • ‘But I completely outfought him and was way ahead on the scorecards when the fight got stopped.’
    • ‘If he couldn't outplay his opponent, then he could outthink and outfight him and here he shows how he did it.’
    • ‘Not that I could outfight him; I couldn't - not yet.’
    • ‘Being outgunned need not foredoom you to being outfought.’
    • ‘The three will have to rely on size and strength to outfight defenders for the ball because they can't beat defenders with speed alone.’
    • ‘She was not most angry that he had outfought her, though this did fan the flames of her rage.’
    • ‘I am quite sure that I shall overdrink him and outfight him.’
    • ‘It means he was outfought, outdone - and even more importantly, hopelessly outclassed!’
    • ‘In short, the three of them easily outmatched and outfought anything and everything that tried to attack them.’
    • ‘She learned karate for self-defense: ‘I was afraid that he would outfight me.’’
    • ‘No doubt he was remembering the boys who had, with frightening ease, outfought a gang of twice their number.’
    • ‘‘You defeat your opponents by out-thinking them, not by outfighting them,’ she said.’