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.
See also: match, meet

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.
See also: match, meet

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.
See also: match, meet

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
References in classic literature ?
He had certainly met his match when he married Mrs.
The Saxon hath saved both his purse and his hide, and the Miller has met his match.
But it did not take me long to fall easily into my fighting stride, so that in a few minutes the man began to realize that he had at last met his match.
He struck two or three blows, but soon found that he had met his match, for Robin warded and parried all of them, and, before the Tinker thought, he gave him a rap upon the ribs in return.
So this high-born hypocrite had beaten us at our game and his, and Raffles had met his match at last
With creations like ground meat and sprinkles, the foul-mouthed Ramsay may just have met his match.
could Brendan finally have met his match in glamour model MitzeeeShe's over the moon with her new-found knowledge of his and Ste's relationship - and is determined to use it to her advantage.
LADIES' man Matt Cardle finally met his match as Rihanna reduced him to a quivering wreck before last night's show.
Summary: A burglar met his match when he tried to rob two elderly ladies in Manchester.
But he admitted that he met his match when faced with the giant pie.
CHECK IT OUT DAD: Rev John Wall, a Methodist Minister in the Stockton Circuit and chess enthusiast, had met his match in November 1980.
A KNIFE-WIELDING robber met his match when he targeted Pat Convery's shop.
ROY Keane looked like he met his match yesterday after turning out to support his favourite charity.
Ozzy finally met his match in the shape of dreaded health and safety regulations.