run for (one's) money

run for (one's) money

1. A prolonged period of success. The slot machine gave me a run for my money, but, in the end, the casino was the only real winner.
2. A challenge. Sure, Sheila still became valedictorian, but Tim really gave her a run for her money!
See also: money, run

*a run for one's money

 
1. Fig. the results or rewards one deserves, expects, or wants. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I get a run for my money at the club tennis tournament. I had a run for my money in the stock market.
2. Fig. a challenge. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Bob got a run for his money when he tried to beat Mary at pool. Bill got a run for his money playing cards with John.
See also: money, run

run for one's money, a

A close contest or a strong competition, as in We may not win the game, but let's give them a run for their money. This term probably comes from horse racing, where one may get considerable pleasure from watching the race even if one does not win much. Its first recorded use was in 1874.
See also: run

a (good) run for your ˈmoney

(informal)
1 a lot of satisfaction or pleasure from something; good value for something: I’ve had a good run for my money as director of this company, but now I think it’s time someone younger took over.
2 strong and satisfying competition, opposition, etc: They may not beat your team but they’ll certainly give you a good run for your money.
See also: money, run