One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]often as adjective outmanned
Outnumber.‘outgunned and outmanned armies’
- ‘When a carload of thieves tried to steal oranges from our yard, I soon found myself outmanned and outgunned - and decided that 100 pounds of pilfered fruit is not worth your life.’
- ‘Because he was thoroughly outmanned, he had to do more with less.’
- ‘Besides being critically short of fuel, Rommel was outgunned and outmanned by the British.’
- ‘Force-on-force maneuver warfare is not advantageous to the enemy when he is outmanned and outgunned.’
- ‘Scanning those that were coming at us, it seemed that we would outman them.’
- ‘They're so outmanned, outmanoeuvred and outgunned that it's hard to think of what else they could do to fight back.’
- ‘They outmanned the back forces, but they were liable to meet more soldiers in waiting, since they were going through the conventional entrance.’
- ‘The play is designed to outman the defense at the point of attack and create a shorter corner, or outside perimeter, by blocking down with the offensive linemen and pulling two linemen around.’
- ‘Our little force, outmanned and outgunned, held him off for better than twenty hours, and then slipped out under his nose.’
- ‘With just 2,500 immigration agents, there's no question the federal government is so outmanned in the fight against illegal immigration that it's really no fight at all.’
- ‘In other words, here is a model for all of those who are outmanned, underfunded, and outgunned - which fits a lot of us these days.’
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