get the better of

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get the better of (someone or something)

To gain superiority, mastery, or an advantage over someone or something; to get control over someone or something. I knew I shouldn't be meddling in other people's business, but my curiosity got the better of me. I know we could have beaten them in last week's game, but they just got the better of us from the start.
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get the better of

Also, get the best of; have the better or best of . Become superior to or master someone or something; win out. For example, John's common sense got the better of his pride, and he apologized, or Her older sister was always trying to get the best of her, or He was determined to have the better of his competitors. [c. 1600] Also see get the drop on.
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get the better of

win an advantage over someone; defeat or outwit someone.
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Down at the end of the line towered the tall beggar-man, who must needs twang a bow-string with the best of them.
We'll eat and drink of the best, and sleep our best, and make the best of it every way.
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