Definition of outman in US English:



[with object]usually as adjective outmanned
  • 1Outnumber.

    ‘the rebels are outmanned and outmatched in armaments’
    • ‘They're so outmanned, outmanoeuvred and outgunned that it's hard to think of what else they could do to fight back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Scanning those that were coming at us, it seemed that we would outman them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Besides being critically short of fuel, Rommel was outgunned and outmanned by the British.’
    • ‘Because he was thoroughly outmanned, he had to do more with less.’
    • ‘They outmanned the back forces, but they were liable to meet more soldiers in waiting, since they were going through the conventional entrance.’
    • ‘Force-on-force maneuver warfare is not advantageous to the enemy when he is outmanned and outgunned.’
    1. 1.1 Overpower with skill or physical strength.
      ‘Mexico controlled the game and ran circles around the outmanned Guatemalan team’
      • ‘The top seeds eased towards a final matchup Sunday, as they each had easy times with outmanned opponents, who had both had difficult quarter final battles.’
      • ‘Schemes and strategies don't mean much when the team is outmanned every week.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, they're outmanned and outnumbered - until they discover a secret weapon.’
      • ‘The Nets won their 14th in a row, handling the outmanned and outmatched Raptors, 86-74…’
      • ‘The Philadelphia front seven had its way for the most part with the outmanned Texan line, although the rookie quarterback deserves a share of the blame for holding the ball too long at times.’