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outflank

[ out-flangk ]
/ ˌaʊtˈflæŋk /
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verb (used with object)

to go or extend beyond the flank of (an opposing military unit); turn the flank of.
to outmaneuver or bypass.

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Origin of outflank

First recorded in 1755–65; out- + flank
Related formsout·flank·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for outflank

outflank

/ (ˌaʊtˈflæŋk) /

verb (tr)

to go around the flank of (an opposing army)
to get the better of
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Word Origin and History for outflank

outflank


v.

1765, from out (adv.) + flank (v.). Figurative use from 1773. Related: Outflanked; outflanking.

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