Definition of outwork in English:

outwork

noun

  • 1A section of a fortification or system of defence which is in front of the main part.

    • ‘An entrance is visible on the south side with a rather good outwork for added protection.’
    • ‘The Fields were a parade ground used by the Prussians, the Wilhelmine army, the Nazis, and finally the Russians, who crisscrossed the flat ground with earth berms, thrown up as protective outworks for their barracks.’
    • ‘New features included barbicans, walls, and other outworks guarding the approach to an entrance.’
    • ‘Outside the main defences lay large outworks such as the Terra Nova and Fort William.’
    rampart, defensive wall, defences, bulwark, palisade, stockade, redoubt, earthwork, outwork, bastion, parapet, battlement, blockhouse, barricade, buttress, stronghold
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  • 2British [mass noun] Work done outside the factory or office which provides it.

    • ‘Full-time jobs gave way to part-time ones, and centralised factory production to outsourcing and outwork.’
    • ‘Women are concentrated in poorly paid work, including part-time and outwork.’
    • ‘By recognizing both paid and unpaid work, she addresses housework, industrial labor, outwork, and white-collar careers.’
    • ‘Factories only slowly developed from outwork and workshop production in the first half of the nineteenth century, and they retained many features of the earlier method of production.’
    • ‘The problems of outwork could be eased by bringing workers together in a centralized plant, even before the use of powered machinery.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Work harder than (someone else):

    ‘he was tireless in the field, able to outwork almost everyone around him’
    • ‘I had always competed against larger people and at a certain point I decided I wasn't going to let anybody outwork me.’
    • ‘The guy won't rest - he can't rest - until he's fairly well convinced that he has outworked the opposition.’
    • ‘It's a rare night when Nashville is outworked or outhustled.’
    • ‘Gruden's players say he outworks every coach in the league.’
    • ‘We know we're not the best team in the world but if anybody outworks us, good luck to them.’
    • ‘It's not about being outworked, or people being smarter than the American worker.’
    • ‘And just three days after a tough and emotional victory against Manchester United, we were unable to outwork the opposition this time.’
    • ‘Henderson has vowed to outwork anyone and back it up with action.’
    • ‘However, he was basically outworked and couldn't sustain any offense.’
    • ‘A five-word sentence outworks one with 12 words.’
    • ‘Johnson simply outworked and outscored him all night.’
    • ‘Their tenacity alone makes them people who have the capacity to outwork their adversaries.’
    • ‘He continues to outwork and outthink coaches half his age, and shows the same thirst for a potential record ninth championship ring that he did for his first.’
    • ‘Limerick continued to outplay and outwork Waterford in every sector.’
    • ‘They were so ultracompetitive that they refused to be outworked and out-trained until their bodies could go no more.’
    • ‘They got out-rebounded, outworked and outsmarted.’
    • ‘But the only privilege either had was the opportunity to outwork his competitors in order to reach his goals.’
    • ‘We just took each game as it came and we all went out there to try and outwork the other team.’
    • ‘Offensively, I'm going to run the floor and try to outwork my man.’
    • ‘No one will outwork him, and he has assembled a phenomenal staff.’

Pronunciation

outwork

/ˈaʊtwəːk/