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.
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beat someone at his or her own game

Surpass someone in his or her own specialty or undertaking. For example, Jean knew that if she matched the new store's discount she would keep all her customers and beat the new competitors at their own game . The use of game for any kind of undertaking or scheme dates from the mid-1200s.
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beat someone at their own game

COMMON If you beat someone at their own game, you do something more successfully than they do, although they have a reputation for doing it better than anyone else. There are now any number of self-help books offering women advice on techniques to beat men at their own game. With all her social skills, she soon fitted into Maria's circle of friends, and in fact found that she could beat them at their own game.
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beat someone at their own game

use someone's own methods to outdo them in their chosen activity.
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beat somebody at their own ˈgame

be more successful than somebody in their special activity, sport, etc.; defeat somebody using their own methods: If you thought someone was trying to cheat you, would you challenge him or try to beat him at his own game?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
She decides the best way is to beat him at his own game.