Definition of get the better of in English:

get the better of

phrase

  • 1Gain an advantage over or defeat (someone) by superior strength or ability.

    ‘no one has ever got the better of her yet’
    • ‘But in one world people gain utility by getting the better of someone else, and in the other world, they gain utility by helping other people out.’
    • ‘When it comes to mind games, he can give up any idea of ever getting the better of his opponent.’
    • ‘Have you ever tried to get the better of a comedian?’
    • ‘The myth concludes with the moral that of all the beings ever created, nobody has ever got or will ever get the better of a baby.’
    • ‘A winner on this course over hurdles, he gained a recent success over fences at Kelso when getting the better of the other horse by half-a-length.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, they did manage to get the better of their opponents Wilberfoss on Saturday, with an advantage draw - albeit by only ten runs.’
    • ‘But again due to silly mistakes and the poorest scrummaging I've ever seen from Wales, France got the better of them.’
    • ‘Although he proves resistant at first, she gets him to agree to marry her if she should ever gun down a killer who gets the better of him.’
    • ‘The two determined combatants traded desperately along the ropes, with the strongman getting the better of most exchanges due to his superior power and the fact that he was fighting on the front foot.’
    • ‘Gave Abby a few grey hairs but no-one gets the better of Trinity behind the wheel.’
    • ‘On Saturday, she also heralded a new era in the women's game when getting the better of her opponent in the second all-Belgium Grand Slam decider of the year.’
    • ‘He was slammed for ignoring the strengths of South African rugby, but those traditional strengths were not enough to get the better of England.’
    • ‘And because Horn owns such a big advantage in experience, we expect him to get the better of this matchup.’
    • ‘Congratulations to the Mayo ladies who got the better of a strong Dublin team on Sunday.’
    • ‘He usually gets the better of the bigger and stronger animals.’
    defeat, beat, best, conquer, trounce, thrash, rout, vanquish, overcome, overwhelm, overpower, destroy, drub, triumph over, prevail over, gain a victory over, win against, win over, worst, subdue, quash, crush
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    1. 1.1(of a feeling or urge) be too strong to conceal or resist.
      ‘curiosity got the better of her’
      • ‘I urged her on, my curiosity getting the better of me.’
      • ‘The urge to quantify things gets the better of us, and we attach numbers to things that either aren't measured well or can't be measured at all.’
      • ‘Why he left it there in the first place I don't know, but seeing it there made my curiosity get the better of me again.’
      • ‘Alternatively buy more shares in the company as soon as practicable before the urge to spend gets the better of you.’
      • ‘He hesitated a while across the street, then his curiosity got the better of him and he started to cross the street.’
      • ‘Lisa tried not to let her curiosity get the better of her as she saw the intense gazes pass between her partner and his love.’
      • ‘When some young police from Redfern told me about them, curiosity got the better of me and I asked them to show me the street they lived in.’
      • ‘When they moved off, my curiosity got the better of me and I went over to check out the product he had been holding.’
      • ‘Then, curiosity got the better of me and I ventured over again to the Mouse Corner.’
      • ‘There was some talk about its potential use in horticulture, which got the better of my dad's curiosity.’
      • ‘Well curiosity got the better of the Professor over the weekend, so a quick google seemed worth the effort.’
      • ‘Curiosity is about all that ever does get the better of her.’
      • ‘So you can just allow your male/animal instincts to get the better of you and kill your girlfriend/wife?’
      • ‘Originally from Liverpool, Barker has been living in Los Angeles for 10 years, ever since his fear of flying got the better of him.’
      • ‘But sometimes, our emotions do get the better of us: anger and sadness are notorious for their ability to cloud our judgement.’
      • ‘Her anger was getting the better of her and she slammed the door.’
      • ‘My pent up frustration getting the better of me, I slammed my fist into a nearby locker.’
      • ‘To think, if I would have let my anger over this get the better of me and had ran off, that I could/would have been shot.’
      • ‘However, Joe lets his emotions get the better of him and gets involved in the murder of their prime suspect.’
      • ‘But his own stubbornness got the better of him and he refused to admit defeat.’
      defeat, beat, best, conquer, trounce, thrash, rout, vanquish, overcome, overwhelm, overpower, destroy, drub, triumph over, prevail over, gain a victory over, win against, win over, worst, subdue, quash, crush
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