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To defeat someone in a game, competition or argument - thesaurus

Synonyms

defeat

verb

to win against someone in a game, fight, or election

win

verb

to defeat everyone else by being the best or by finishing first in a competition

beat

verb

to defeat someone in a game, competition, election, or battle

overcome

verb

to defeat someone or something

crush

verb

to completely defeat someone who is opposing you, especially by using force or violence

thrash

verb

to defeat an opponent very easily in a game or competition

overpower

verb

to defeat someone in a fight or competition

smash

verb

to completely destroy or defeat something such as an organization

knock out

to make someone leave a competition by defeating them

crush

verb

to easily defeat someone who is competing against you

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annihilate

verb

to defeat an opponent completely and easily

avenge

verb

to win a sports event against a team that has recently defeated you

beat off

to succeed in winning or gaining something from an opponent

beat out

Americaninformal to succeed in winning or gaining something that someone else wants

beat the pants off

to defeat an opponent easily

best

verb

formal to gain an advantage over or defeat an opponent

blitz

verb

informal to defeat someone easily in a sports game or competition

blow away

Americaninformal to defeat someone completely and easily

blow out

informal to defeat someone easily

blow someone/something out of the water

to defeat someone easily

bring someone/something to their knees

to almost defeat someone, or to make them extremely weak

clean someone’s clock

to defeat someone badly in a fight or competition

clobber

verb

informal to defeat someone easily

confound

verb

old-fashioned to defeat someone, or to prevent them from being successful

cream

verb

informal to defeat someone easily and completely

crowd out

to become stronger or more successful than another group so that they fail or can no longer compete with you

demolish

verb

informal to defeat someone easily in a game or competition

destroy

verb

informal to defeat an enemy or opponent completely

dethrone

verb

to defeat a very successful sports player and replace them as champion

dispose of

to defeat someone in a game, competition, etc.

dominate

verb

to play much better than your opponents in a game or sport

down

verb

mainly journalism to defeat a player or team

eat someone alive

to defeat or deal with someone easily

edge

verb

American to beat someone by a small amount in a sport or competition

edge out

to beat someone in something such as a competition or election by a small amount

eliminate

verb

to remove someone from a competition or election

flatten

verb

informal to completely defeat someone in a fight, argument etc.

get the best of someone

to defeat someone or gain an advantage over them

get the better of someone

to defeat someone in a game, argument, etc.

hammer

verb

informal to defeat an opponent easily

have/eat someone for breakfast

to deal with or defeat someone very easily, for example because you are far more powerful or skillful than they are

humble

verb

to completely defeat someone who seemed better or stronger than you

kebab

verb

Britishvery informal to respond so effectively to someone that they do not know what to say

kick (someone’s) ass

to punish or defeat someone

leave someone in the dust

to be more successful, intelligent, etc. than someone else, especially someone you are competing with

lick

verb

to defeat someone easily in a game or competition

make mincemeat (out) of someone

to defeat someone thoroughly in a game, fight, or argument

make quick/short work of someone

to defeat an opponent quickly and easily

massacre

verb

informal to defeat an opponent in a game or competition by getting a much higher score than they do

mop the floor with someone

to completely defeat someone in a game or competition. The British phrase is wipe the floor with someone

murder

verb

informal to defeat someone completely

outface

verb

to beat an opponent by being confident and determined

outfox

verb

informal to defeat or get an advantage over someone by using smart or dishonest methods

outgun

verb

to defeat someone in a game or competition

outmaneuver

verb

to defeat or gain an advantage over someone by being more clever or skillful than they are

outplay

verb

to play much better than your opponent in a sport

overwhelm

verb

formal to defeat an opponent in a sport or game, especially by a lot of points, goals, etc.

polish off

to defeat or kill someone

pommel

another spelling of pummel

prevail

verb

formal to defeat someone in a game, competition, argument, etc.

pulverise

a British spelling of pulverize

pulverize

verb

informal to defeat an opponent completely

pummel

verb

informal to defeat an opponent completely

put out

to defeat a player or team in a game or competition so that they can no longer take part in it

pwn

verb

very informal to defeat someone very easily and completely in a way that makes them feel embarrassed, especially in a computer game

roll over

mainly journalism to defeat an opponent easily

rout

verb

to completely defeat someone in a battle, competition, or election

see off

to deal successfully with someone or something, especially by defeating them easily

shut down

informal to stop someone from doing something, especially to stop a player from having the freedom to move around or play well

shut out

American in sports, to win and not allow the other team to score any points

sideline

verb

to cause a player in a sport or game to be unable to play

skin

verb

informal to defeat an opponent very easily

skunk

verb

Americaninformal to defeat an opponent in a sport, especially by preventing them from scoring

slap down

to beat an opponent very easily

slaughter

verb

informal to defeat an opponent thoroughly or completely

squash

verb

to defeat someone or something

steamroll

verb

informal to defeat or destroy an opponent completely

steamroller

verb

informal to steamroll

take apart

mainly journalism to beat someone very easily in a game or sport

take someone to the cleaners

to defeat a person or team completely

taste blood

to realize that an opponent is almost defeated

tear someone/something to /pieces/shreds

to defeat or destroy someone or something easily

trounce

verb

to easily defeat an opponent in a game, competition, election, etc.

trump

verb

to win or to succeed, for example in sports or business, because you have an advantage that your opponent does not have

turn the tables (on someone)

to succeed in gaining an advantage over someone who until now had an advantage over you

upset

verb

to defeat an opponent who is considered to be better than you

vanquish

verb

literary to defeat someone or something completely

wallop

verb

informal to thoroughly defeat someone in a game

waste

verb

to defeat someone easily

whip

verb

informal to defeat someone thoroughly

whitewash

verb

mainly journalism to win a game so easily that the other player or team does not score any points

win

verb

to get something as a prize for defeating other people or because you are lucky

wipe the floor with someone

to defeat someone very easily in a game or an argument

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