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.
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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.
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
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The Tees lads have fared well this season but they met their match against a strong side who took their chances in an evenly contested first half, racing into 3-0 lead before Middlesbrough pulled a goal back through a Lewis Dalton strike before the break.
But they met their match in Borussia Dortmund, who won their semi-final 3-0 before 80,708 people at the Westfalen after Jena had Jan Simak sent off.
But we reckon the lads will have met their match in former Albert Square firebrand Pauline, otherwise known as Wendy Richard.
TITLE hopefuls Bala, who aim to improve on their runners-up frustration last season, met their match at Llanfairpwll, where Darren Moore's youngsters were up for it.
But they met their match in the final as they went down in the final to the all-conquering Woking.
Following a superb run of 11 successive matches without defeat, Welshpool met their match against champions TNS, who will not relinquish their crown easily on this form.
Stress and anxiety have met their match with this helpful little herb; it can work almost instantly in acute cases of anxiety, stress, and nervous tension.
Still, activator gel, like the Lakers, met their match with the rise of a certain team from the Windy City.
This inner sanctum of Royal military line-ups and ceremonial tattoos would have met their match and there wouldn't be an empty seat in the house
But the pair met their match when 10-month-old twins from the region got in on the act.
But the tycoons - two Scots and an American - have met their match in the canny islanders who are determined to drive a hard bargain.
Colin Jacox, Ken and Graham Ashby finally met their match at the hands of an all international trio from Boscombe Cliff (Hampshire).
While a large pizza can be pretty satisfying to a hungry bunch, even the hungriest may have met their match with the new Domino's Pizza X-L-P, or Xtra-Large-Pizza.
THE Ballydung boys might have met their match tonight as madcap comic Freddie Starr pays a visit to the manor.
The Trojans marshaled all of their offensive weapons but met their match in Young and a superior defense.