match wits (with one)

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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.
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With tensions ready to erupt within her own borders and the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to test and win the king.
It should be read by every high school teacher librarian who should ask on every page: "How would I co-teach alongside this expert in inquiry?" I would like our very best teacher of inquiry to inner city kids who has a teacher librarian credential to match wits with Larisa in a conversation about great inquiry during a library conference.
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As if mythical Dark Elves from Svartalfheim weren't enough of a test for Tony Stark, the armor-clad Avenger is poised to find himself in the middle of a dimensional caper while having to match wits with the now-dead Mandarin's fabled rings of power.
Stevens is forced to match wits with his enigmatic client and deal with uncooperative witnesses and hostile hospital employees in order to decipher the conflicting clues and uncover the truth.
On "Rider," Catour trades affectionate harmonies with the rapper over a lengthy beat breakdown, and also constructs a sultry bridge all her own, proving her ability to match wits with Future's endlessly imaginative arrangements.
They easily match wits with those out to drive them away.
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Together they navigate the big city and match wits with a nasty gang of alligator criminals.
You count the days until you can trade work wear for well-worn camo and match wits with the big bucks that have haunted your dreams throughout the offseason.
"It's really about human inventiveness and creativeness and being able to match wits with the enemy."
The scripted world's bad guys obviously must be formidable enough to credibly match wits with each program's modern-day Sherlock Holmes--requiring a whole lot of criminal geniuses, if only to keep all of TV's forensic investigators occupied.