win at

win at

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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win at

v.
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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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.
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.