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[out-feys] /ˌaʊtˈfeɪs/
verb (used with object), outfaced, outfacing.
to cause to submit by or as if by staring down; face or stare down.
to face or confront boldly; defy.
Origin of outface
First recorded in 1520-30; out- + face Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It would have taken a man of supernerve to outface that situation.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • It was as if something divine within me awoke to outface the desolation.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Helene herself, with her weak will, would be unable to outface her family.

  • And in this matter I shall be ready to outface him at all hazards.

  • It is impossible to outface Milton, or to abash him with praise.


    Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  • They will try to outface us, my patron; but we shall triumph.

  • “That depends on what you mean,” he said, determined not to let her outface him.

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner
  • Not twice would he outface me, even though it were my death day.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • Dick had been minded for an instant to stay and outface him.

    The Road to Paris Robert Neilson Stephens
  • A few large stars are visible then, lingering to outface the dawn.

    Shakespeare's England William Winter
British Dictionary definitions for outface


verb (transitive)
to face or stare down
to confront boldly or defiantly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outface

1520s, from out (adv.) + face (v.). Related: Outfaced; outfacing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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