get the better of
- (transitive, idiomatic) To overwhelm or overcome
- 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗:Episode 16
- Though this sort of thing went on every other night or very near it still Stephen's feelings got the better of him in a sense though he knew that Corley's brandnew rigmarole on a par with the others was hardly deserving of much credence.
- 2005, Eric Pfanner, "With Characteristic Fortitude, Britons Carry On ↗," New York Times, 8 Jul. (retrieved 2 Sep. 2008),
- Many people returned to work a bit anxious, they acknowledged, but grimly determined not to let terrorists get the better of them.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To trick or con.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To gain an advantage over.
- He got the better of him early in the match, but finished by losing.
- French: avoir raison de
- Italian: prendere il sopravento
- Russian: одолеть