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outwork

[ verb out-wurk; noun out-wurk ]
/ verb ˌaʊtˈwɜrk; noun ˈaʊtˌwɜrk /
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verb (used with object), out·worked or out·wrought, out·work·ing.
to work harder, better, or faster than.
to work out or carry on to a conclusion; finish: a problem to be outworked in after generations.
Archaic. to outdo in workmanship.
noun
a minor defense built or established outside the principal fortification limits.
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Origin of outwork

1200–50; Middle English: to complete; see out-, work

OTHER WORDS FROM outwork

outworker, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for outwork

outwork

noun (ˈaʊtˌwɜːk)
(often plural) defences which lie outside main defensive works
work performed away from the factory, office, etc, by which it has been commissioned
verb (ˌaʊtˈwɜːk) -works, -working, -worked or -wrought (tr)
to work better, harder, etc, than
to work out to completion

Derived forms of outwork

outworker, noun
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