get the better of someone

get the better of someone
1) if an emotion or feeling gets the better of you, it is too strong for you to control and it makes you do something that you did not intend to do

Smith's anger got the better of him once again, and he started to attack the referee.

2) to defeat someone in a game, argument etc

Sampras finally got the better of Agassi in a hard-fought match.


English dictionary. 2014.

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