- 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 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.
NAmE//ˌaʊtˈflæŋk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they outflank
he / she / it outflanks
past simple outflanked
-ing form outflanking