[ out-feys ]

verb (used with object),out·faced, out·fac·ing.
  1. to cause to submit by or as if by staring down; face or stare down.

  2. to face or confront boldly; defy.

Origin of outface

First recorded in 1520–30; out- + face

Words Nearby outface

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How to use outface in a sentence

  • You have been chased in the field by the grown men of my party; it seems a poor kind of pleasure to outface a boy.

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

  • You cannot outface consequences nor outdare natural tragedy; no, not even you, Christina Hope!

    "Persons Unknown" | Virginia Tracy
  • To outface and down-talk a Calcutta-taught Bengali, a voluble Dacca drug-vendor, would be a good game.

    Kim | Rudyard Kipling
  • No male body and brain could withstand and outface merely the emotional besiegings of you.

    I, Mary MacLane | Mary MacLane

British Dictionary definitions for outface


/ (ˌaʊtˈfeɪs) /

  1. to face or stare down

  2. to confront boldly or defiantly

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