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Definition of outflank verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they outflank
    he / she / it outflanks
    past simple outflanked
    -ing form outflanking
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  1. 1outflank somebody/something to move around the side of an enemy or opponent, especially in order to attack them from behind Instead of confronting the enemy directly, Napoleon simply outflanked them.
  2. 2 outflank somebody/something to gain an advantage over someone, especially by doing something unexpected synonym outmaneuver They found themselves outflanked by the rival takeover bid.
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