get the drop on someone

get the drop on someone

1. tv. to succeed in getting an advantage over someone. I got the drop on almost everybody by sending in my registration by mail.
2. tv. [for person A] to manage to get a gun aimed at person B before person B can aim back at person A. (The gun is then dropped by person B.) Rocko got the drop on Shorty in a flash.
See also: drop, get, on