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give (someone or something) best

To admit that someone or something is better than someone or something else. Primarily heard in UK. They played much better than we did, so I had to give them best.
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give someone or something best

admit the superiority of; give way to. British
1990 Birds Magazine He finally decided to give us best and took himself off.
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On Tuesday, Weale swept past Canadian Mark Sandford in the singles, winning 11-2, 10-5, but Price had to give best to top Aussie Steve Glasson, who beat him 7-3, 8-3.
Talking to mediapersons after the inauguration ceremony of a local hotel here on Monday, he said "I am completely fit and hopeful to give best performance after being a part of the team in Asia Cup and T-20 World Cup.
The razor is getting closer by the day Man of the match Racing Post tennis and snooker guru Adrian Humphries showed a steadfast refusal to give in at the Cure for Dylan quiz night at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night but eventually had to give best.
However, they had to give best to John Murphy's revitalised charge, who laid down a significant marker for a successful defence of his Queen Mother title next month.
Many eyes will be on the Droopys Maldini, who has been on the treatment table following his defeat last weekend and he may have to give best to Boherduff Light (8.
50 over 480m, but his Express Gear and Bandicoot Fionn may have to give best to veteran one-time Arc champion Farloe Titan, trained locally by Paul Sallis, and the Monmore handler's best chance could be Head Iton Tom in the 10.
The Manchester-based Double Take had to give best to the flying Bills Paid last time but she gets the chance of stealing a march on these rivals and Latin Beauty's late charge may prove too little too late.
And while there is no question that Peggys Style is going to develop into a highclass marathon runner, she may have to give best to Shaneboy Fantasy in the final.
Front-running BENBYAS did not give best until the run-in in this last year, finishing fifth.
MILE GOLDIKOVA is one of the greatest mares Europe has ever produced and she will be sent off at a very short price, but I think she will have to give best to Paco Boy.
The wide runner had to give best to Coolagorna Giggs at this level last time, but has been given a smashing chance to make all in this A4 380-metres contest.
Report Italy Sunday Premio Lydia Tesio G1 Capannelle, Rome, 1m2f turf, 3yo+ fillies & mares FRANKIE DETTORI'S bid for his 100th Godolphin-owned Group 1 winner came up just short yesterday as the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Antara was forced to give best to 18-1 outsider Aoife Alainn in the Premio Lydia Tesio at the Capannelle, Rome.
But Young Whack might have to give best to Charlie Swan's Millenium Lad in the opening Kilbeggan Maiden Hurdle.