get the better of someone - definition and synonyms

  1. 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. 2
    to defeat someone in a game, argument etc

    Djokovic finally got the better of Murray in a hard-fought match.

See also main entry: better