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outflank

[out-flangk] /ˌaʊtˈflæŋk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to go or extend beyond the flank of (an opposing military unit); turn the flank of.
2.
to outmaneuver or bypass.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; out- + flank
Related forms
outflanker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for outflank

outflank

/ˌaʊtˈflæŋk/
verb (transitive)
1.
to go around the flank of (an opposing army)
2.
to get the better of
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Word Origin and History for outflank
v.

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

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