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get the better of meaning

  "get the better of" in a sentence
  • Verb: get the better of
    1. Win a victory over
      "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"
      - overcome, defeat

    Derived forms: getting the better of, got the better of, gets the better of


  • [American slang]
    v. phr. 1. To win over, beat; defeat. Our team got the best of the visitors in the last quarter. George got the better of Robert in a game of checkers. When the opposing player fouled John, John let his anger get the better of his good sense and hit the boy back. Dave wanted to study till midnight, but sleepiness got the best of him.
    Compare: RUN AWAY WITH1. 2. or have the best of|have the better of To win or be ahead in (something); gain most from (something.) Bill traded an old bicycle tire for a horn; he got the best of that deal. Our team had the best of it today, but they may lose the game tomorrow. The champion had all the better of it in the last part of the fight.
    Antonym: GET THE WORST OF.

Examples

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  1. she always gets the better of our quarrels.
  2. you always get the better of me at chess.
  3. you will soon get the better of that fellow.
  4. i don't trust that man. he tries to get the better of his customers.
  5. i have been pained by her manner this morning, and can't get the better of it.

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