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culturally advantaged

euphemism Wealthy; elite. This event is only for the culturally advantaged members of society, so you common folk are not welcome here.

to advantage

Positively or beneficially. You look beautiful. That color really suits you to advantage.
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take advantage of (someone or something)

1. To utilize or avail oneself of something to the fullest possible extent. We're taking advantage of the downturn in real estate sales to get a good deal on a house for ourselves. You should take advantage of the hotel's gym and pool while we're here.
2. To exploit someone or something for one's own purpose, gain, or agenda. It unfortunately very common for elderly people to fall prey to scam artists online, who take advantage of their lack of technological know-how. Advertisers try to take advantage of our basic need to feel included in a group, making us feel that we're somehow missing out if we aren't buying what they're selling.
3. To seduce someone into a sexual interaction who is naïve or incapable of giving full or proper consent. The doctor is accused of taking advantage of a number several different patients throughout the years. The man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after it was discovered he'd been taking advantage of kids in the camp.
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have the advantage of (something)

To have a favorable attribute, especially in comparison to other similar people or things. I think I'm the strongest candidate for the job, especially since I have the advantage of my extensive student teaching experience.
See also: advantage, have, of

press home (one's) advantage

To capitalize on or make full use of the advantage one has over someone or something else. With the party in disarray following the resignations of several top party members, the opposition is looking to press home their advantage in the upcoming elections.
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to (one's) advantage

In a way that benefits one. They turned the buyout deal to their advantage by working in a clause wherein they would receive pro rata compensation for earnings from merchandising. I know you're disappointed about the delay, but I think this can actually work to our advantage.
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turn (something) to (one's) advantage

To deal with something in a way that lead's to one's ultimate benefit or advantage. The personal pronoun before "advantage" can be omitted. Many savvy investors turned the economic crash to their benefit by buying up huge amounts of cheap property in prime locations around the world and waiting for their value to climb back up to their previous levels. I know it looks like a raw deal, but let's see if we can find a way to turn it to advantage.
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*the advantage of someone

 and *the advantage over someone
; *an advantage over someone; *the advantage over someone; *the edge on someone; *the edge over someone a position superior to that of someone else; a status wherein one controls or has superiority or authority over someone else. (*Typically: get ~; give someone ~; have ~.) She'd gotten an advantage over me at the start of the competition. I got an edge on Sally, too, and she came in second.
See also: advantage, of

culturally advantaged

Euph. rich; upper-class. I can't deny I had a culturally advantaged upbringing. The charity appealed to culturally advantaged people to donate time and money to those less fortunate.

show something to good advantage

to display the best features of something; to display something so that its best features are apparent. Put the vase in the center of the table and show it to good advantage. Having and using a large vocabulary shows your intelligence to good advantage.
See also: advantage, good, show

take advantage of someone

 
1. to deceive someone. I knew that you wouldn't take advantage of me! I trusted you. Please don't take advantage of me the way you took advantage of Carl.
2. to impose on someone. I am glad to have your help. I hope I am not taking advantage of you. I am glad to do it. You are not taking advantage of me.
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take advantage of someone or something

to utilize someone or something to the fullest extent. Try to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Please take advantage of the consultant while she is here in the office.
See also: advantage, of, take

turn something to one's advantage

to make an advantage for oneself out of something (which might otherwise be a disadvantage). Sally found a way to turn the problem to her advantage. The ice cream store manager was able to turn the hot weather to her advantage.
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get the advantage of

Also, get or have the advantage over . Be in a superior position to, as in He had the advantage over me, since I couldn't even remember his name, let alone his position . [Mid-1500s] Also see get the better of; get the drop on.
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show to advantage

Also, show to good or one's advantage . Display in a flattering way, benefit, as in This lighting shows the paintings to advantage, or Your extensive use of quotations shows your learning to good advantage. [Mid-1300s]
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take advantage of

Put to good use; avail oneself of; also, profit selfishly by, exploit. For example, Let's take advantage of the good weather and go hiking, or They really take advantage of her good nature, getting her to do all the disagreeable chores . [Late 1300s]
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take advantage of someone

COMMON If someone takes advantage of you, they treat you unfairly for their own benefit, especially when you are trying to be kind or to help them. She took advantage of him even after they were divorced. `I hope Simon's paying you for this,' she said. `Don't let him take advantage of you.'
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take advantage of something

COMMON If you take advantage of something, you make good use of the opportunities it gives you. I intend to take full advantage of this trip to buy the things we need. While I'm gone take advantage of my absence — have some friends over.
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turn something to your advantage

If you turn a situation to your advantage, you get a benefit from it, especially when it might be expected to harm or damage you. The government have not been able to turn today's demonstration to their advantage. The need to move with your husband's job can sometimes be turned to your advantage.

have the advantage of

be in a stronger position than. dated
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take advantage of

1 make good use of the opportunities offered by (something). 2 exploit or make unfair use of for your own benefit. 3 (of a man) seduce (especially a sexually inexperienced person). dated
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turn something to advantage (or to your advantage)

handle or respond to something in such a way as to benefit from it.

take adˈvantage of something/somebody


1 make good use of something; to make use of an opportunity: We made sure that we took full advantage of the hotel facilities.Take advantage of our special offer and get two books for the price of one!
2 make use of somebody/something in a way that is unfair or dishonest: He took advantage of my generosity (= for example, by taking more than I had intended to give).

to somebody’s adˈvantage

so that somebody benefits: The rise in the value of the pound will work to the advantage of those planning a trip abroad this summer.
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to (good, better, etc.) adˈvantage

in a way that produces a good result: You would be spending your time to better advantage if you did what I suggested.That’s a lovely picture but it’s not seen to its best advantage on that wall.
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turn something to your (own) adˈvantage

use or change a bad situation so that it helps you: She had three empty rooms in the house after her children left home, so she decided to turn this to her advantage and rent them out to students.

press ˌhome your adˈvantage

make good use of the fact that you are in a stronger position than your opponent, enemy, etc: Once they realized that the management was so weak, the union leaders pressed home their advantage and asked for another three days’ holiday.
See also: advantage, home, press

take advantage of

1. To put to good use; avail oneself of: take advantage of all educational opportunities.
2. To make use of for selfish reasons; achieve a selfish goal by exploiting: took advantage of him by leaving him with the bill; took advantage of his unsuspecting nature.
3. To seduce.
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to advantage

To good effect; favorably: The roses were displayed to advantage in a blue vase.
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