Definition of outwork in US English:

outwork

noun

Pronunciation /ˈaʊtˌwərk//ˈoutˌwərk/
  • 1A section of a fortification or system of defense which is in front of the main part.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An entrance is visible on the south side with a rather good outwork for added protection.’
    • ‘Outside the main defences lay large outworks such as the Terra Nova and Fort William.’
    rampart, defensive wall, defences, bulwark, palisade, stockade, redoubt, earthwork, bastion, parapet, battlement, blockhouse, barricade, buttress, stronghold
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  • 2Australian Work done outside the factory or office that provides it.

    • ‘Full-time jobs gave way to part-time ones, and centralised factory production to outsourcing and outwork.’
    • ‘By recognizing both paid and unpaid work, she addresses housework, industrial labor, outwork, and white-collar careers.’
    • ‘The problems of outwork could be eased by bringing workers together in a centralized plant, even before the use of powered machinery.’
    • ‘Women are concentrated in poorly paid work, including part-time and outwork.’
    • ‘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.’

verb

[with object]
Pronunciation /ˈaʊtˌwərk//ˌoutˈwərk//ˈoutˌwərk//ˌaʊtˈwərk/
  • Work harder, faster, or longer than (someone else)

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

Pronunciation

outwork

Noun/ˈaʊtˌwərk/

outwork

Verb/ˈaʊtˌwərk//ˈoutˌwərk//ˌaʊtˈwərk/