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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
outfox/outwit/outmanoeuvre an opponent (=gain an advantage over an opponent by being more intelligent or skilful than they are)
▪ Football is all about outwitting your opponents.
▪ Speeders can outwit police radar with a variety of devices.
▪ But Ray had outwitted many an opponent in the Olympics.
▪ He was a lawyer, he ought to be able to outwit the law.
▪ It is the need to outwit and dupe and help and teach one another that drove us to be ever more intelligent.
▪ One of them, Merovech, attempted to outwit his stepmother by marrying Sigibert's widow, Brunhild.
▪ She felt she had been tactically outwitted, and she hated him for it.
▪ The realization bit into Harry's confidence that he could outwit such a man: who was he really fooling?
▪ We use our intellects not to solve practical problems but to outwit each other.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Outwit \Out*wit"\, v. t.

  1. To surpass in wisdom, esp. in cunning.

  2. To defeat or gain an advantage over by superior craft or cunning stratagems; as, the thief outwitted his pursuers and left the country undetected.

    They did so much outwit and outwealth us !


Outwit \Out"wit\, n. The faculty of acquiring wisdom by observation and experience, or the wisdom so acquired; -- opposed to inwit. [Obs.]
--Piers Plowman.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to get the better of by superior wits," 1650s, from out + wit. Related: Outwitted; outwitting.


vb. (context transitive English) To get the better of; to outsmart, to beat in a competition of wits.

  1. v. beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors" [syn: overreach, outsmart, outfox, beat, circumvent]

  2. [also: outwitting, outwitted]

Usage examples of "outwit".

But Lecoq was always outwitted by Otto, the mysterious accomplice, who seemed to know his every movement in advance.

A safer course might be to outwit her by dodging amongst the labyrinth of garages, maisonettes and tower blocks.

The servant who could outwit or outgeneral her did not exist, and the servant who was not afraid of her lasted scant days.

Alberic, after all, is a poor, dim, dwarfed, credulous creature whom a god can outsee and a lie can outwit.

The chaffering began in corn-shops, where the lawless agreements for delivery of unsown harvests changed hands ten times in the hour, and bills on Rome, scrawled over with endorsements, outsped currency as well as outwitted the revenue men.

All he had to do was find Maria then outwit Warrie Hansen, two small boys, Bruno, and Mr.

Then I came home, Baas, feeling very proud because I had outwitted that great-grandfather of all snakes who killed Bena my friend, and had made the way clear for us to walk through the cave.

I remember that, at one time, Calanthe would have had no trouble outwitting Jafit and his kind.

Did you not, perhaps, enjoy your bold venture with Crofton, delighting in the prospect of outwitting him?

But Chet regarded it as evidence against a gang of crooks who had outwitted him along with the law.

Fourier analysis, Galois theory, stochastic processes and other techniques to outwit the world experts in creating or breaking codes and ciphers.

Thinking that you were outwitting the man who is the master of money laundering and interbank transfers.

Practising chemical warfare against pests can never take the place of the three Os of tiny game hunting: Observe, Outwit, and Outlast.

You are here because of what you are--a Sandman who defied a life-destroying system, who outran it, outwitted it, and finally destroyed it.

With the magic the witchwoman taught them, they combated demons or outwitted trolls, rode noble unicorns or caroused with dragons.