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English verb: get the better of

1. get the better of (competition) win a victory over


SamplesYou must overcome all difficulties.
Defeat your enemies.
He overcame his shyness.
He overcame his infirmity.
Her anger got the better of her and she blew up.


Synonymsdefeat, overcome


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)beat, beat out, come through, conquer, crush, demolish, destroy, down, expel, lurch, make it, nose, overrun, pull round, pull through, rout, rout out, shell, skunk, survive, trounce, upset, vanquish, wallop









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