meet (one's) match

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meet (one's) match

To encounter one's equal or superior in ability, skill, etc., especially in a competitive setting. Stevenson used to be the dominant player on the tour, but it looks like she has finally met her match in the young newcomer. A lot of kids who are used to being the smartest student in school are a little shell-shocked when they meet their match in college.
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meet one's match

Fig. to meet one's equal; to encounter someone who can match or outdo one in some activity, talent, etc. John played tennis with Bill yesterday, and it looks as if John has finally met his match. Listen to Jane and Mary argue. I always thought that Jane was loud, but she has finally met her match.
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meet one's match

Encounter someone equal in ability to oneself, as in The chess champion was about to meet his match in a computer. This expression originated about 1300 as find one's match, but the alliterative meet was being used by the mid-1500s and has survived.
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meet your match

COMMON If you meet your match, you find that you are competing or fighting with someone who is as good as you or is better than you. The United manager, Alex Ferguson, admitted that his team had met their match in Chelsea. The boxer's bruised and bloodied face showed he had met his match in Lewis.
See also: match, meet

meet your match

encounter your equal in strength or ability.
See also: match, meet

find/meet your ˈmatch (in somebody)

meet somebody who is as good at doing something as you are, and perhaps better: He thought he could beat anyone, but he’s finally found his match.As a saleswoman, she’s met her match in Lorna.
See also: find, match, meet
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Singletons will have the chance to meet their match at the event at Bar Risa, in Millennium Plaza, from 7pm.
The daredevil pilots are about to meet their match - a stealth plane with artificial intelligence.
Would those "everlasting trousers" Vicki mentioned meet their match if Leslie Grantham bought a pair?
They meet their match in the Hurricanes (17-25-10-2), who are 13th in the Eastern Conference and have one win in the past six games.
People are more health conscious these days and are more likely to meet their match in a health related environment.
These mysterious tall and fair-skinned warriors may have reigned over an ancient kingdom but they'd meet their match today against the country's huaqueros, or looters.
The birds meet their match when they are heralded by hot Mexican recording artists, Los Tucanes de Tijuana.
THE daughter of Dundee chief executive Peter Marr and the club's goalkeeper Robert Douglas are to meet their match on the park today.
We've created a secure environment where people from around the world come to play poker and meet their match in a tropical setting," said Ronald Lo, chief technology officer, Tropical Poker.
Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaxian, Dig Dug, Joust, and Zookeeper may finally meet their match when "The Toughest Gun in Dodge City" tournament is held April 6-9 at Apollo Amusements, 820 Andrews Street, Pompano Beach, Florida 33069.