One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fight better than and beat (an opponent).
- ‘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.’
- ‘In short, the three of them easily outmatched and outfought anything and everything that tried to attack them.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Being outgunned need not foredoom you to being outfought.’
- ‘Yes, he'd outfought her, but she'd had a chance right up to the point her missile had failed to launch.’
- ‘I am quite sure that I shall overdrink him and outfight him.’
- ‘I don't care what or who this thing thinks it is, nothing can outfight me with a blade.’
- ‘Time and again, he warned his side of the danger of being outfought by more eager opponents.’
- ‘She learned karate for self-defense: ‘I was afraid that he would outfight me.’’
- ‘If he couldn't outplay his opponent, then he could outthink and outfight him and here he shows how he did it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Not that I could outfight him; I couldn't - not yet.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But I completely outfought him and was way ahead on the scorecards when the fight got stopped.’
- ‘She was not most angry that he had outfought her, though this did fan the flames of her rage.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It means he was outfought, outdone - and even more importantly, hopelessly outclassed!’
- ‘It outfought them all to win further territory.’
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