beat (one) at (one's) own game

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beat (one) at (one's) own game

To defeat or triumph over someone by using their own strengths, techniques, or tactics to one's own advantage. He thinks that, because he's so much bigger than me, I won't want to fight with my fists, but I'm so quick that I'll be able to beat him at his own game. The senator keeps saying her policies are the will of the people, but if we can get an accurate poll of her constituency, we can beat her at her own game.
See also: beat, game, own
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We must beat him at his own game and use the West's financial muscle to defeat him.
The Scouser recorded a 114-115, 116-112, 115-113 victory over the Welshman, and declared: "I beat him at his own game.
I won it playing good, attacking snooker - I beat him at his own game.
I never tried to impose my game, rather I beat him at his own game.
Coming into the match, Trump had said: "I'm not going to beat him at his own game.
But Murray beat him at his own game in the centre of the ring, proved far too fit and far too slick for the decent level operator.
Warburton is known as a fighter who always gives it a go, but Tyrone beat him at his own game.
Everyone expected Malignaggi to outbox me and make me look silly, but I beat him at his own game.
3) In ``Firewall,'' opening Friday, Harrison Ford plays a bank security expert whose family - Carly Schroeder, Jimmy Bennett and Virginia Madsen - is threatened by vicious kidnappers with the ability to beat him at his own game.
With the lives of his wife and children at stake and under constant surveillance, he has only hours to find a loophole in the thief's own impenetrable system of subterfuge and false identities to beat him at his own game.
She needs to beat him at his own game and give the glad eye to the handsome waiter or the beach-bodied bloke taking the money for the deckchairs.
Everyone expected Malignaggi to outbox me and outspeed me and make me look silly and I beat him at his own game.
But comedienne Ellen, 46, beat him at his own game when she chased after him on her own bicycle.
Emulate his technique, bend his ear for lures that bite best and use the tips to beat him at his own game.