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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. 2outflank 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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