Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To maneuver around and behind the flank of (an opposing force).
  • transitive v. To gain a tactical advantage over (a competitor, for example).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To maneuver around and behind the flank of (an opposing force).
  • v. To gain a tactical advantage over (a competitor, for example).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To go beyond, or be superior to, on the flank; to pass around or turn the flank or flanks of.
  • transitive v. To outmaneuver in a competition; to bypass a competitor's main defenses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go or extend beyond the flank or wing of; hence, to out-manœuver; get the better of. See flank.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. go around the flank of (an opposing army)
  • v. get the better of

Etymologies

out- +‎ flank (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It doubles the number of sabres to be used against the enemy; and it enables the cavalry to cover double the ground; thus doubling, also, its power to outflank, which is a valuable advantage, especially when opposed to cavalry.

    A Treatise on the Tactical Use of the Three Arms: Infantry, Artillery, and Cavalry

  • I'm also concerned that if Obama does NOT put a woman on the ticket, McCain may "outflank" the Democrats by running with a female VP candidate -- maybe Kay Hutchison or Jodi Rell.

    Exit Polls: Obama Cut Deep Into Hillary's Core Constituencies

  • Labour, we are told plans to "outflank" Cameron on the EU.

    A vast network of influence

  • Neither is it the pursuit of the fruitless objective to project media images intended to "outflank" or "out-compete" other forces for national democratic change, in a meaningless contest to advertise any claimed revolutionary credentials.

    ANC Today

  • We have all grown more familiar than we probably like to acknowledge with Israel using its channels to Capitol Hill and in America's pro-Israel community to "outflank" an American administration -- and virtually always to the right.

    MRZine.org

  • But Germany later invaded by going around ( "outflank") the Maginot Line.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • Their complaint is that 'big money' has corrupted the political process (pp. 71-2) and that multinational corporations have grown large enough to 'outflank' or 'undermine' the state (pp. 3, 8-9, 10, 24, 36, 37 etc.)

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  • But as this crop tries to outflank each other, they may erode their credibility among the moderates and independents who ultimately decide the presidential race.

    Republicans ratchet up anti-Obama rhetoric in South

  • A slowing economy and high interest costs are curtailing investments in the infrastructure and power sectors, but larger engineering companies such as Larsen and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. are comfortably placed with several ongoing projects as well as the ability to outflank rivals on new projects due to their competitive pricing and reputation in the market.

    Larsen & Toubro Profit Rises 18%

  • In a broad plain, the tens of thousands of horsemen drawn from every corner of the empire would easily stretch beyond his front lines and would certainly outflank him, enveloping his infantry until every last soldier was cut down.

    Alexander the Great

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