outfox

[out-foks]

verb (used with object)

to outwit; outsmart; outmaneuver: Politics is often the art of knowing how to outfox the opposition.

Origin of outfox

First recorded in 1960–65; out- + fox
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outfox

verb

(tr) to surpass in guile or cunning
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Word Origin and History for outfox
v.

"outwit," 1939, from out + fox (q.v.). Related: Outfoxed; outfoxing.

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