Definition of outflank verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    outflank

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌaʊtˈflæŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌaʊtˈflæŋk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they outflank
    BrE BrE//ˌaʊtˈflæŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌaʊtˈflæŋk//
     
    he / she / it outflanks
    BrE BrE//ˌaʊtˈflæŋks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌaʊtˈflæŋks//
     
    past simple outflanked
    BrE BrE//ˌaʊtˈflæŋkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌaʊtˈflæŋkt//
     
    past participle outflanked
    BrE BrE//ˌaʊtˈflæŋkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌaʊtˈflæŋkt//
     
    -ing form outflanking
    BrE BrE//ˌaʊtˈflæŋkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌaʊtˈflæŋkɪŋ//
     
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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. See related entries: Conflict
  2. 2outflank somebody/something to gain an advantage over somebody, especially by doing something unexpected synonym outmanoeuvre They found themselves outflanked by the rival takeover bid.
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