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Definition of "outflank" []

  • To maneuver around and behind the flank of (an opposing force). (verb-transitive)
  • To gain a tactical advantage over (a competitor, for example). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "outflank" in a sentence
  • "It doubles the number of sabres to be used against the enemy; and it enables the cavalry to cover double the ground; thus doubling, also, its power to outflank, which is a valuable advantage, especially when opposed to cavalry."
  • "I'm also concerned that if Obama does NOT put a woman on the ticket, McCain may "outflank" the Democrats by running with a female VP candidate -- maybe Kay Hutchison or Jodi Rell."
  • "Labour, we are told plans to "outflank" Cameron on the EU."