get the best of (one)

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get the best of (one)

To overwhelm or take control of one. I never intend to be mean to Helena, but my nastiness gets the best of me whenever I'm around her.
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which, no doubt, the schoolboy actors enjoyed), but the widow gets the best of it, and Ralph is driven off.
Carroll doubles as USC's defensive coordinator, and the offense expects retribution whenever it gets the best of the defense.
As their curiosity gets the best of them, they learn enduring values of friendship and cooperation.
The beauty of this deal is it's a hybrid - a portion of the site is contributed and a portion is leased so the city gets the best of both worlds,'' Caruso said.
With 3-D hardware enabled, the player gets the best of both worlds: the game's polygon-based objects get the speedier rendering and improved appearance that 3-D acceleration provides, and the voxel-based terrain looks better than ever, thanks to the 32-bit color depth of the new Voxel Space 32 engine.