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[out-jen-er-uh l] /ˌaʊtˈdʒɛn ər əl/
verb (used with object), outgeneraled, outgeneraling or (especially British) outgeneralled, outgeneralling.
to outdo or surpass in generalship.
Origin of outgeneral
First recorded in 1760-70; out- + general Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There were many signs, and I had to be always on the lookout to outgeneral them.

    Death Valley in '49 William Lewis Manly
  • Though Boxer was a bit weak on defense, they played a snappy game, and seemed to be able to outgeneral their opponents.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • I, in common with others, was much annoyed by their cattle, but desiring peace I studied how to outgeneral these cattle.

  • To outgeneral Lee, Grant well knew required a greater master of the art of war than himself.

    The Life of Jefferson Davis Frank H. Alfriend
  • In any game from stud-poker to marketing mining stock Mr. Wingfield can outwit, outmaneuver and outgeneral a hundred like "Larry."

    My Adventures with Your Money George Graham Rice
  • With the strategy of a Napoleon, this extraordinary man could outgeneral all who were pitted against him.

  • Well, as anybody at the Drones will tell you, Bertram Wooster is a pretty hard chap to outgeneral.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for outgeneral


verb -als, -alling, -alled (US) -als, -aling, -aled
(transitive) to surpass in generalship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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