give someone/something a run for their money

give someone/something a run for their money
give someone/something a (good) run for their money
provide someone or something with challenging competition or opposition

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  • give someone a run for their money —    If you can give someone a run for the money, you are as good, or nearly as good, as they are at something.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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  • run — 1 /rVn/ verb past tense ran past participle run present participle running MOVE QUICKLY ON FOOT 1 (I) to move quickly on foot by moving your legs more quickly than when you are walking: I had to run to catch the bus. | Two youths were killed when …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • money — mon|ey W1S1 [ˈmʌni] n [U] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: moneie, from Latin moneta mint, money , from Moneta, name given to Juno, the goddess in whose temple the ancient Romans produced money] 1.) what you earn by working and can use to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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