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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n outwork subsidiary defensive structure lying outside the main fortified area "the outworks of the castle"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Outwork (Fort) A minor defense constructed beyond the main body of a work, as a ravelin, lunette, hornwork, etc.
    • v. t Outwork To exceed in working; to work more or faster than.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n outwork Work done outside, out of doors, or in the fields, as distinguished from indoor work.
    • n outwork In fortification, one of the minor defenses constructed in advance of the main work or enceinte. Outworks are works raised within or beyond the ditch of a fortified place, for the purpose of covering the place or keeping the besiegers at a distance. The principal outworks of a fortification are the covered way, the demilune, the redout, the tenail, the tenaillon, the counter-guard, and the crown-work and hornwork.
    • n outwork Hence A bulwark; any defense against violence from outside.
    • outwork To surpass in workmanship.
    • outwork To surpass or exceed in labor, exertion, or agitation.
    • outwork To work out or carry on to a conclusion; complete; finish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Outwork owt′wurk a work outside the principal wall or line of fortification: work done in the fields, out of doors, as distinguished from indoor work
    • v.t Outwork (Shak.) to surpass in work or labour: to work out or bring to an end: to finish
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  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.”
  • Joseph Parkinson
    Joseph Parkinson
    “You don't grow up in our neck of the woods believing that someone can outwork you.”


In literature:

The dervishes bided their time patiently, encamping barely six miles from the outworks.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
But in touching the Dust we touch the outworkings of an Energy so awful in operation that descriptive chapters are awful too.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
A long succession of disasters had already broken down the outworks of the continental thrones.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
Not only are the outworks battered, but the citadel itself is taken!
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
The outworks were stormed.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
On the following night, an outwork, called the Chapel of St Magdalene, was stormed and taken.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 364, February 1846" by Various
This was hard on the rabbit; but it was no more than one tiny instance of the outworking of Nature's most inexorable law.
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
When the battle ended on the following day, one or more outworks remained in the possession of Mataafa.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
When driven from the outworks, he retreated to the citadel.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
When the parapet proved too strong they shot burning arrows upon the wooden outworks.
"The Story of Extinct Civilizations of the West" by Robert E. Anderson
If I have defended the outworks, I can surely look after myself within.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
It was the rallying effort of a boy who had abandoned the first outworks of virtue to make a stand for the citadel.
"The Pearl of Orr's Island" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The capture of one outwork of Harlech was established.
"Walladmor:" by Thomas De Quincey
I outlined an ambition, but its outworking was a problem.
"My Lady of the Chimney Corner" by Alexander Irvine
The outworks were taken early in the affair.
"Poitiers" by Hilaire Belloc
The leaders arrived at the outwork before the Aurelian Gate; in the trench lay a young archer, chewing the bitter grass.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
Cows and farm-horses were stabled in what once had been the outworks of the castle.
"The O'Donoghue Tale Of Ireland Fifty Years Ago" by Charles James Lever
These communicated with the outworks, each being defended by a portcullis.
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Volume IV (of 8)" by William Wordsworth
Two cannon of the fortress were now brought to bear on the outwork.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
He could out-talk, outwork, and generally outwit the men who were sent against him.
"The Romance of the Reaper" by Herbert Newton Casson

In poetry:

Holding our quiet talk apart
Of household things; till, all unsealed,
The guarded outworks of the heart
Began to yield;
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Yet can these not get over to my soul,
Leaping the wall that parts
Our souls and fleshly hearts;
But as th' outworks, they may controll
My rebel-flesh, and carrying thy name,
Affright both sinne and shame.
"The Holy Communion" by George Herbert

In news:

FULLERTON— Tyler Clary prides himself on not being outworked.
Underdog Billy Lyell outworked him en route to a split-decision victory Thursday night at the Prudential Center.
Outwork and Outlearn Your Competition.
Moderates should outwork the far right.
49ers' Davis: 'I have to outwork those guys'.
Anxious Hulburd trying to outwork Quayle.
One commenter, "upscale," took issue with OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis saying that under new women's basketball head coach Scott Rueck the Beavers are "going to outwork you and that's how we are going to beat you.
Outwork and Outlearn Your Competition.
PRBBP/Jose PerezMoises Fuentes used younger, fresher legs to outwork and wear down Ivan Calderon on Saturday.
"He knows he's got a lot of God-given talent, and he's not going to rest on that," said the coach at Collegiate School in Richmond, Va. "Nobody's going to outwork him.
Staci Brown Brooks is the Birmingham Community News Hub Director: "We have an absolutely amazing team at every level and no one is going to outwork us".
Outworked in Pittsburgh, Stars must press on without Goligoski.
Outworking the competition through determination and management prowess, Walter Douglas and his sons have positioned their dealership.
The Phillies outpitched, outhit, and outworked the Mets in nearly every capacity of the sport.
The US senator, who won easy DFL endorsement on Saturday, told delegates that "no one will outwork us" in her re-election bid.