at (one's) own game

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at (one's) own game

Using another person's strengths, techniques, or tactics against them. Typically used in the phrase "beat (one) at (one's) own game." This team relies on their defense, so let's beat them at their own game and deny them any opportunity to score. I did start that rumor about Tiffany because she's always gossiping about me—it was time to beat her at her own game.
See also: game, own
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There are the "same type" providers within the same geographic location trying to beat you at your own game. There are hospital-based subacute care settings vying against programs based in freestanding skilled nursing facilities.