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win at (something)

1. To be victorious in some competitive event or activity. I don't normally win at debates like these, but I felt really confident and well prepared. My parents always let us win at board games when we were really little.
2. To earn some kind of prize or reward at a competitive event or activity. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "win" and "at." I won a stuffed bear at the target-shooting game at the state fair. He won a nice little sum of money at the national spelling bee.
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win something at something

to win a prize in some sort of competition. I won this silly doll at the ring-toss game. Did you win anything at the fair?
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win at something

to triumph at some competition. Will I ever be able to win at golf? She always wins at poker.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

win at

To achieve victory in some activity or event: I usually win at chess. I used to be good at poker, but now I can't win at any card games at all.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
However ridiculous it may seem to you that I was expecting to win at roulette, I look upon the generally accepted opinion concerning the folly and the grossness of hoping to win at gambling as a thing even more absurd.
But this isn't the first time that Pardew, the first manager in Newcastle's Premier League history to win at Man United, has been known to bring a halt to poor runs or what some fans regard as a jinx.
Meanwhile, over jumps, San Telm's 2m4f handicap hurdle win at Haydock on Halloween (No.3) has given the bookies a few frights having produced a couple of winners in better company.
Douglas 6, Siuslaw 5: Riley Lavin was 3-for-5 with two runs scored to led the Trojans to a win at home in nine innings.
Whitinsville Christian 4, Hopkinton 1: Pete Koopman, Sam Koopman, Reed Bowden-Matt Vriesema and Isaac Bates-Owen Brookhouse all took their matches in straight sets to help the Crusaders (2-1) win at Hopkinton (1-2).
Week five belonged to the Elmtree Social who scored a 41-9 win at home to St Pats.
HEARSALL are close to sealing the Mid-Warwickshire League championship after a hard fought 5%-2% win at Ken-ilworth.
However, the first black person--male or female--to actually win at Wimbledon was Althea Gibson, who won both the singles and doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1957 and 1958, respectively.
Wins for Tom Page helped Gautby Road to a 7-3 win at Caldy.
* Ted Kotcheff's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz wins the Golden Bear (first prize) at the Berlin Film Festival -- the first Canadian feature to win at a major European film festival -- and Mordecai Richler receives an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay.
1 doubles, and Pat Laing and Josh Christian rallied for a 2-6, 6-3 (10-7) win at No.
Another tidy maiden is Port Hollow's 1m win at Kempton 13 days ago (No.15) that has witnessed wins for the only two runners to have reappeared (see chart).
THE Hardwick B started the Stockton and District Games League season well with a 40-10 win at home to the Newtown.
Upton CC eased relegation worries with a 7-3 win at second placed Caldy II, John Briggs, Gary Williams and Arthur Irwin all winning two each.
GAMES LEAGUE THE Hardwick B started the Stockton and District Games League season well with a 40-10 win at home to the Newtown.