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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Napoli back themselves to outscore any opponents and only Manchester City, 2-1 and 4-2 winners over Sarri's men in the Champions League, have managed to beat them at their own game this season.
Facebook/Instagram is starting to beat them at their own game and has not just the financial might, but also even -- more importantly the consumer marketing data to really beat the daylights out of Snap.
About 1900, Christian missionaries were roaming the colonized world trying to conquer the world for Christianity, says Jonker, and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad's vision was to beat them at their own game and proselytize for Islam.
You have to be very patient against them, try and beat them at their own game and earn the right to play.
It was great to win out there and be part of a bit of history and we beat them at their own game, keeping them in their 22 with Jason Tovey hitting the corners well.
They aggressively target the weak and the vulnerable, encouraging their addiction I can beat them at their own game.
All they need to do is steal the guns and ammunition of the North Koreans and beat them at their own game.
In the small backwater town of Tsalagee, first-year coach Donny Doyle knows the only way he can fulfill his promise to unseat the Hert City juggernaut, is to beat them at their own Game.
Flanagan, who just five days ago was operated on for a twisted bowel, revealed the Sharks had a clear plan to stop the competition frontrunners: beat them at their own game.
Kirkwood aims to expose fresh cracks in the title favourites' armour after the slip at Huntly but admits: "We won't win the first ball in the air, we can't beat them at their own game.
I tell you it was heartening to watch her take on the likes of Frankie Dettori, Oliver Peslier, Richard Hills and Kieren Fallon on Saturday and beat them at their own game.
TIME-served cider makers have been left smarting after an upstart from North Wales beat them at their own game.
THE depths that some criminals will readily sink to should never surprise us if we want to beat them at their own game.
The big thing for me is that Arsenal play football the same way as Barcelona, and I think we can beat them at their own game.
It's very hard to join someone and beat them at their own game but that is exactly what Jenson has done.