outflank


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out·flank

 (out-flăngk′)
tr.v. out·flanked, out·flank·ing, out·flanks
1. To maneuver around and behind the flank of (an opposing force).
2. To gain a tactical advantage over (a competitor, for example).

outflank

(ˌaʊtˈflæŋk)
vb (tr)
1. (Military) to go around the flank of (an opposing army)
2. to get the better of

out•flank

(ˌaʊtˈflæŋk)

v.t.
1. to go or extend beyond the flank of (an enemy force).
2. to outmaneuver.
[1755–65]

outflank


Past participle: outflanked
Gerund: outflanking

Imperative
outflank
outflank
Present
I outflank
you outflank
he/she/it outflanks
we outflank
you outflank
they outflank
Preterite
I outflanked
you outflanked
he/she/it outflanked
we outflanked
you outflanked
they outflanked
Present Continuous
I am outflanking
you are outflanking
he/she/it is outflanking
we are outflanking
you are outflanking
they are outflanking
Present Perfect
I have outflanked
you have outflanked
he/she/it has outflanked
we have outflanked
you have outflanked
they have outflanked
Past Continuous
I was outflanking
you were outflanking
he/she/it was outflanking
we were outflanking
you were outflanking
they were outflanking
Past Perfect
I had outflanked
you had outflanked
he/she/it had outflanked
we had outflanked
you had outflanked
they had outflanked
Future
I will outflank
you will outflank
he/she/it will outflank
we will outflank
you will outflank
they will outflank
Future Perfect
I will have outflanked
you will have outflanked
he/she/it will have outflanked
we will have outflanked
you will have outflanked
they will have outflanked
Future Continuous
I will be outflanking
you will be outflanking
he/she/it will be outflanking
we will be outflanking
you will be outflanking
they will be outflanking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been outflanking
you have been outflanking
he/she/it has been outflanking
we have been outflanking
you have been outflanking
they have been outflanking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been outflanking
you will have been outflanking
he/she/it will have been outflanking
we will have been outflanking
you will have been outflanking
they will have been outflanking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been outflanking
you had been outflanking
he/she/it had been outflanking
we had been outflanking
you had been outflanking
they had been outflanking
Conditional
I would outflank
you would outflank
he/she/it would outflank
we would outflank
you would outflank
they would outflank
Past Conditional
I would have outflanked
you would have outflanked
he/she/it would have outflanked
we would have outflanked
you would have outflanked
they would have outflanked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.outflank - go around the flank of (an opposing army)
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
2.outflank - get the better ofoutflank - get the better of; "the goal was to best the competition"
beat, beat out, vanquish, trounce, crush, shell - come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
outmaneuver, outmanoeuvre, outsmart - defeat by more skillful maneuvering; "The English troops outmaneuvered the Germans"; "My new supervisor knows how to outmaneuver the boss in most situations"
Translations

outflank

[aʊtˈflæŋk] VT (Mil) → flanquear, rebasar (fig) → superar en táctica, burlar

outflank

[ˌaʊtˈflæŋk] vt (Mil) → aggirare; (outdo) → prendere in contropiede
References in classic literature ?
I was sent by Major Effingham, at Sir William's own bidding, to outflank the French, and carry the tidings of their disaster across the portage, to the fort on the Hudson.
The place was horribly haunted by clouds of mosquitoes and every form of flying pest, so we were glad to find solid ground again and to make a circuit among the trees, which enabled us to outflank this pestilent morass, which droned like an organ in the distance, so loud was it with insect life.
So far as I can make out, the Greys, with whom I am to go, are to fight until they are wiped out in order to enable the wings to slip round unawares and outflank Twala.
The French line was wider than ours, and it was plain that they could easily outflank us on both sides.
It is true that Vokes failed to appreciate the potential to outflank "The Gully" when the Seaforth Highlanders found an opening further inland.
LABOUR leadership frontrunner Andy Burnham has insisted he is the "change candidate" as he made a bold bid to outflank David Cameron on Europe.
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The objective of the game is to outflank the opponent, ending up with the majority of pegs on the board in a player's color and winning the game.
Regardless, when the smaller march attempted to outflank a police vehicle that was laying barbed wires, police at first shot cannisters of tear gas, and then live ammunition, into the crowd.
It was the triumvirate of captain Philipp Lahm, Mesut Ozil and Mueller who laid the foundation for victory as the young German team took to the wings to outflank the much-vaunted Socceroo defence.
The move came as Tory leader David Cameron sought to outflank Gordon Brown on the expenses issue.