beat (someone) at his or her own game

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beat (someone) at his or her own game

To defeat or triumph over someone by using his or her own strengths, techniques, or tactics to one's own advantage. He thinks that, because he's so much bigger than me, I won't want to fight with my fists, but I'm so quick that I'll be able to beat him at his own game. The senator keeps saying her policies are the will of the people, but if we can get an accurate poll of her constituency, we can beat her at her own game.
See also: beat, game, own
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More importantly, Americans supported our troops as they went through Europe and the Pacific to teach the crack German and Japanese fighting forces that the ``soft and decadent'' young Americans could beat them at their own game.
Crime-plagued shopkeepers came face-to-face with the enemy to find out how to beat them at their own game at the first seminar of its kind held in Coventry.
We beat them at their own game and did a real Italian job on them.
So You Think You Can Cook pitches groups of three amateur cooks who think they are good enough to take on TV celebrity chefs and beat them at their own game.
He took on the Mafia and beat them at their own game.
THREE months ago the idea that one of our royals would go head to head with Hollywood's A-listers and beat them at their own game was laughable.
He said: "After we beat them at their own game of counterattack football, I thought Liverpool might struggle this season but, apart from the last couple of games, they've gone from strength to strength.
If Derby drew Manchester United in the FA Cup, Patrick would send us out with a mandate to try and beat them at their own game.
It emerged with the ladette culture and the view that women could behave like lads and beat them at their own game.
UGO Ehiogu has warned Arsenal to be ready for a shock in the FA Cup semi-final declaring: We'll beat them at their own game.
They were determined their Jewish-American probationer was not going to beat them at their own game.
We had to be up early to beat them at their own game.
Down, but not out, Jake and a band of lovable, low-tech misfits hatch a plan to punish the crooks who run the casino and beat them at their own game by pulling off the heist of the century.
It was great to win out there and be part of a bit of history and we beat them at their own game, keeping them in their 22 with Jason Tovey hitting the corners well.
They aggressively target the weak and the vulnerable, encouraging their addiction I can beat them at their own game.