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Defeat (someone) by being more clever or cunning than them.‘Holmes outfoxed criminals from the comfort of his armchair’
outsmart, out-think, outmanoeuvre, outplay, be cleverer than, steal a march on, trick, gull, make a fool of, get the better ofView synonyms
- ‘It seems to me that those of us who are trying to conserve the depleting water supply are being outfoxed by the old, inefficient plumbing that serves most buildings in the city.’
- ‘You never have to wait very long before one side tries to outfox the other by trotting out what their opponents said back before the power switch: ‘Aha!’’
- ‘Yet, his short, quick swing and sharp eye for the strike zone still make him a demanding test for opposing pitchers brave enough to try to outfox him when he's in the batter's box.’
- ‘This presents a wonderful opportunity for practical players to surprise and outfox their opponents.’
- ‘They delight in outfoxing people, or seducing them, and they love the riskiness of rule-breaking.’
- ‘Zorro has always been a dashing swashbuckler who outfoxes his enemies in their defeat.’
- ‘Usually that's a cue for a fairytale, but yesterday he was outfoxed twice in quick succession.’
- ‘And, now 70, he has turned out for the club ever since, outfoxing many a batsman with those slow left-handers.’
- ‘For it would seem that the wily old fox has finally outfoxed himself by falling prey to an inherent weakness that involves opening his mouth precipitately.’
- ‘Everyone who has tried to outfox me has been thwarted.’
- ‘They certainly outfoxed the Americans on more than one occasion.’
- ‘They know the best ways to smuggle crib sheets, steal exam papers and generally outfox teachers in a bid to gain glowing report cards, whilst doing no real work.’
- ‘Luckily for me, there were quite a few options in how to reduce the realism and improve my chances in outfoxing the enemy.’
- ‘But his practice score shot up after he took a $900 test-preparation course and received some age-old advice on how to outfox the examiners.’
- ‘Indeed, in the early decades of such programs, it appeared that the market had been outfoxed.’
- ‘One saw a person simply beside himself with the thought that he had succeeded in outfoxing his opponent.’
- ‘They will be hoping to use the power of two to outfox their rivals.’
- ‘An accomplished Machiavellian, he used his ill-gotten wealth and his powers of patronage to outfox potential opponents and to keep wavering officials in line.’
- ‘I never did find out exactly how such a stupid-looking animal had outfoxed a person of my experience and ability.’
- ‘And neither is capable of outfoxing the hard-liners in an interagency power struggle.’
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