meet (one's) match

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meet (one's) match

To encounter one's equal or superior in ability, skill, etc., especially in a competitive setting. Stevenson used to be the dominant player on the tour, but it looks like she has finally met her match in the young newcomer. A lot of kids who are used to being the smartest student in school are a little shell-shocked when they meet their match in college.
See also: match, meet

meet one's match

Fig. to meet one's equal; to encounter someone who can match or outdo one in some activity, talent, etc. John played tennis with Bill yesterday, and it looks as if John has finally met his match. Listen to Jane and Mary argue. I always thought that Jane was loud, but she has finally met her match.
See also: match, meet

meet one's match

Encounter someone equal in ability to oneself, as in The chess champion was about to meet his match in a computer. This expression originated about 1300 as find one's match, but the alliterative meet was being used by the mid-1500s and has survived.
See also: match, meet

meet your match

COMMON If you meet your match, you find that you are competing or fighting with someone who is as good as you or is better than you. The United manager, Alex Ferguson, admitted that his team had met their match in Chelsea. The boxer's bruised and bloodied face showed he had met his match in Lewis.
See also: match, meet

meet your match

encounter your equal in strength or ability.
See also: match, meet

find/meet your ˈmatch (in somebody)

meet somebody who is as good at doing something as you are, and perhaps better: He thought he could beat anyone, but he’s finally found his match.As a saleswoman, she’s met her match in Lorna.
See also: find, match, meet
References in classic literature ?
The family spirit showed itself in every line of her face; and I knew that Sergeant Cuff would meet his match, when a woman like my mistress was strung up to hear the worst he could say to her.
But Burns insists the Essex-based fighter will meet his match at the Liverpool ECHO Arena on July 16.
The best Bond movies have a great villain and Daniel Craig could meet his match in his third outing as 007 with Hopkins.
BAYWATCH star David Hasselhoff could be about to meet his match - as he goes hunting for the Loch Ness Monster.
The Grey Berry won with plenty to spare at Southwell recently but could meet his match in the shape of Alan King's Norman The Great.
MichaelSchumacher may enter the 2004 season as the most successful driver in the history of Formula One,but the sport's supremo,Bernie Ecclestone,has predicted the German will meet his match this year in Kimi Raikonnen.