match wits

match wits (with one)

To engage one in a clash or competition of intelligence or shrewd resourcefulness. My friend and I love matching wits whenever we get together, though some people mistake our banter for actual arguments. Don't try to match wits with the professor, John—he'll talk you round in circles.
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match wits (with someone)

Fig. to enter into intellectual competition with someone. Whenever I try to match wits with Fred, he always ends up running circles around me with his clever repartee.
See also: match, wit
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