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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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.
See also: beat, game, own, someone
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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.
See also: beat, game, own, someone
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

beat someone at their own game

use someone's own methods to outdo them in their chosen activity.
See also: beat, game, own, someone
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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?
See also: beat, game, own, somebody
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They can beat us at our own game. Better join hands with the practical branches; we're in funds now.
I hope it is not too late for Birmingham City Council to think up some innovative ways of the subsidy needed - are we so much poorer and badly led than those cities who will beat us at our own game.
e e g n Leon Blanche from Boylesports said: "It was a day for the punters to rejoice and the results have left them with plenty of ammunition to go to war on the final day of the festival." Irish Mirror Comment: Page 10 -y e t-e Shamrockin' day out at races By ALANA FEARON THE English almost beat us at our own game as they came out fighting in green for St Patrick's Thursday.
They believe after years of watching us in envy, they can actually beat us at our own game: grassroots organizing.
"We let them beat us at our own game," Hairston said.
The Japanese learned how to match us in terms of quality and then overtook us to beat us at our own game.
In a carnival atmosphere similar to Goodison last Saturday, yesterday's defeat at 10-man Bolton was entirely deserved against a team who beat us at our own game with superior energy and workrate.
However, they did turn us over and, as another supporter observed afterwards: 'They beat us at our own game.'
It doesn't matter whether they are being subsidized or are selling at their cost or below--the fact is they are starting to beat us at our own game. Worst of all, our most common response seems to be that "they can't make quality parts."
'Our company is purpose-built as a low cost operator and they will not beat us at our own game. It makes for a more amusing time.'
They believe they can actually beat us at our own game: grassroots organizing.