get the better of

get the better of
verb
win a victory over
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You must overcome all difficulties

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defeat your enemies

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He overcame his shyness

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He overcame his infirmity

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Her anger got the better of her and she blew up

Syn: ↑overcome, ↑defeat
Derivationally related forms: ↑overcomer (for: ↑overcome)
Hyponyms:
demolish, ↑destroy, ↑beat, ↑beat out, ↑crush, ↑shell, ↑trounce, ↑vanquish, ↑wallop, ↑down, ↑overrun, ↑lurch, ↑skunk, ↑rout, ↑rout out, ↑expel, ↑upset, ↑nose, ↑conquer, ↑survive, ↑pull through, ↑pull round, ↑come through, ↑make it
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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get the better of
To gain the advantage over, overcome
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Main Entry:better

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(often of something immaterial) win an advantage over (someone); defeat or outwit

curiosity got the better of her

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get the better of
: to defeat or trick (someone) by being clever

It would be hard to get the better of someone as experienced as she is.

◇ If a feeling or emotion gets the better of you, it causes you to do something that you should not do or that you are trying not to do.

She knew she shouldn't open the package, but her curiosity finally got the better of her and she opened it.

He let his temper get the better of him. [=he lost his temper; he said or did something because of anger]

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Main Entry:better
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get the better of — see better, 3
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Main Entry:get

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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