Definition of outmaneuver in English:

outmaneuver

(British outmanoeuvre)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Evade (an opponent) by moving faster or with greater agility.

    ‘the YF-22 can outmaneuver any fighter flying today’
    • ‘Frightened but quick-witted, the shapely skin diver outmanoeuvres the silent predator and stays low among the coral and such, where the shark can't get her.’
    • ‘They were outmanoeuvred for 70 minutes by a decent Dunfermline side, but a late burst of urgency brought them a consolation goal and made the last few minutes tense for the winners.’
    • ‘A boxing match is like a chess game, with fighters trying to outwit and outmaneuver their opponent to deliver the knockout blow.’
    • ‘But much to the Americans' surprise, the Eurofighter shook them off, outmanoeuvred them and moved into shooting positions on their tails.’
    • ‘The aircraft was specifically designed to outmanoeuvre enemy aircraft and, while slower than its main opponent, the Albatros, it could easily turn inside that aircraft at a much quicker turn rate.’
    • ‘She still had enough speed and agility to outmaneuver the more powerful attacks directed at her.’
    • ‘In their opening and closing games England's lumbering back four were hopelessly outmanoeuvred by bursts of fast, mobile, unpredictable attacks, like tankers anchored as speedboats darted around them.’
    • ‘He can't get by on skill and athletic ability and must outmuscle opponents instead of outmaneuvering them.’
    • ‘It gave Allied pilots a major tactical advantage as they were able to tolerate greater G-forces to outmanoeuvre their opponents.’
    • ‘The flight of two Harriers outmaneuvered the Mirages and quickly downed two of the fighters with Sidewinder missiles.’
    • ‘Speed gives a great deal of versatility to a unit, allowing the player to respond quickly, choose when and where they want to fight, and generally outmaneuver an opponent.’
    • ‘It is largely irrelevant to humanitarian relief and peacekeeping operations because rapid movement usually is not important in the sense of outmaneuvering an enemy.’
    • ‘The Navy specified they wanted a fighter that could greatly outclimb and outmaneuver the Hellcat while being capable of operation from the smallest of aircraft carriers.’
    outflank, circumvent, bypass, shake off, throw off, get around
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    1. 1.1 Use skill and cunning to secure an advantage over (someone)
      ‘he would be able to outmaneuver his critics’
      • ‘And for that matter, is the reason he's now so interested in learning the truth behind the newspaper fire simply that he doesn't like her having outmaneuvered him?’
      • ‘It did that by outmaneuvering and underselling its competitors for decades, thereby earning its station as the top global retailer.’
      • ‘We were also outmaneuvered by his sophisticated public relations machine.’
      • ‘After a decent interval of licking our wounds and pondering what might have been and where we went wrong, we need to spit out our despair and return - united - to battling those who have for the moment outmaneuvered us.’
      • ‘Companies that rely solely on such a customer-focused approach may find themselves outmaneuvered by competitors with more imagination.’
      • ‘An alliance of limited duration with a player who is deficient in strategy can leave you in a much better position as you outmaneuver him in dealing with the players on the other side of the board.’
      • ‘In 2002, green groups got outspent and outmaneuvered.’
      • ‘But he was outmaneuvered by politicians, teacher union activists, and school officials, who thought he was out to profiteer from poor children.’
      • ‘He answers his own question: ‘I got outmaneuvered at a big company.’’
      • ‘He is a solid strategist, who uses his entire roster and rarely gets outmaneuvered.’
      • ‘He outmaneuvered people in the past who could somehow become too dangerous for him.’
      • ‘They battle amongst themselves, and with him, until the government becomes nothing more than a game board upon which each faction presses his advantage of the moment, only to be outmaneuvered or overtaken by a rival.’
      • ‘He struggles to keep the upper hand, but she outmaneuvers him more often than not.’
      • ‘Rebuffed in the world's biggest market, it turned to Spain, investing in port facilities and outmaneuvering European rivals for control of the country's two largest cement firms.’
      • ‘But here, too, the company has had to figure out ways to outmaneuver players with vast R&D resources.’
      • ‘As a fox is able to recognize traps, a prince must be able to outmaneuver his foes.’
      • ‘He was eventually able to outmaneuver his own teacher, Janie.’
      • ‘And after pinning all its economic hopes on exporting to the US market, it finds itself outmaneuvered in low-wage manufacturing.’
      • ‘Deportation or the failure to get a visa is seen as a temporary setback during which strategies to outmaneuver consular officers, who are perceived as racists, are elaborated.’
      • ‘It remains to be seen if a new president will be able to outmaneuver them.’
      outwit, outsmart, out-think, outplay, be cleverer than, steal a march on, trick, make a fool of, get the better of
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Pronunciation

outmaneuver

/ˌoutməˈn(y)o͞ovər//ˌaʊtməˈn(j)uvər/