at (one's) own game

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at (one's) own game

Using another person's strengths, techniques, or tactics against him or her. Typically used in the phrase "beat (one) at (one's) own game." This team relies on their defense, so let's beat them at their own game and deny them any opportunity to score. I did start that rumor about Tiffany because she's always gossiping about me—it was time to beat her at her own game.
See also: game, own
References in classic literature ?
Now his rage was more the rage of a man beaten at his own game and robbed of the prize that he had thought already his.
That would be all very well if you could beat Manet at his own game, but you can't get anywhere near him.
The battling beasts made a few feints and passes at each other before the larger succeeded in fastening his fangs in the other's throat, and then, as a cat shakes a mouse, the larger lion shook the lesser, and when his dying foe sought to roll beneath and rake his conqueror with his hind claws, the other met him halfway at his own game, and as the great talons buried themselves in the lower part of the other's chest and then were raked downward with all the terrific strength of the mighty hind legs, the battle was ended.
Of course, you had no chance with him at his own game.
Oh, as for that," explained Fisher, when he was entertaining March and Twyford at lunch about a month later, "I merely wanted to play with the magician at his own game.
Summary: Madonna played host Ricky Gervais at his own game at the Golden Globes after he sarcastically called her "a virgin".
But a word of advice, Tony - don't try taking on Wenger (inset) at his own game or it will end in tears.
New York, Jun 26 (ANI): American professional golfer Tiger Woods was left embarrassed after he was beaten by comedian and NBC's show host Jimmy Fallon at his own game of golf on Nintendo Wii.
NIGEL BOND felt he beat Peter Ebdon at his own game after causing the biggest upset so far of the 2009 Betfred.
The second-seeded Australian lost at his own game, with Goldstein outhustling him around the court.
Andy realises Sharon is capable of playing him at his own game as she receives an unexpected offer for Angie's Den.
Jenny is beating Patrick at his own game - does his acquiescence to her demands mean he's falling in love?
His Valmont, the ruthless seducer who loses at his own game, never seems a match for Lynnda Ferguson's Marquise de Merteuil.
In a gastronomic upset, Japan's noodle-eating champ, Hirofumi Nakajima, bested two-time hot dog titlist Ed Krachie at his own game in a Coney Island mouth-off Wednesday.
Czech captain Vladislav Savrda beat his American counterpart Tom Gullikson at his own game, leaving the Davis Cup defenders one match from elimination.