Definition of outfox in English:



[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Defeat or deceive (someone) by being more clever or cunning than they are; outwit.

    • ‘Usually that's a cue for a fairytale, but yesterday he was outfoxed twice in quick succession.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Zorro has always been a dashing swashbuckler who outfoxes his enemies in their defeat.’
    • ‘They will be hoping to use the power of two to outfox their rivals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They delight in outfoxing people, or seducing them, and they love the riskiness of rule-breaking.’
    • ‘They certainly outfoxed the Americans on more than one occasion.’
    • ‘This presents a wonderful opportunity for practical players to surprise and outfox their opponents.’
    • ‘Everyone who has tried to outfox me has been thwarted.’
    • ‘And neither is capable of outfoxing the hard-liners in an interagency power struggle.’
    • ‘One saw a person simply beside himself with the thought that he had succeeded in outfoxing his opponent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, in the early decades of such programs, it appeared that the market had been outfoxed.’
    • ‘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!’’
    • ‘I never did find out exactly how such a stupid-looking animal had outfoxed a person of my experience and ability.’
    • ‘Luckily for me, there were quite a few options in how to reduce the realism and improve my chances in outfoxing the enemy.’
    • ‘And, now 70, he has turned out for the club ever since, outfoxing many a batsman with those slow left-handers.’
    • ‘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.’
    outsmart, out-think, outmanoeuvre, outplay, be cleverer than, steal a march on, trick, gull, make a fool of, get the better of
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