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Origin of outfox

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

outwit, outdo, outperform, top, excel, surpass, defeat, outclass, best, outplay

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British Dictionary definitions for outfox


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

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

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