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To defeat someone in a game, competition or argument

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 game

smash

verb

to completely destroy or defeat something such as an organization

outmanoeuvre

verb

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

make short/light/quick work of someone

to defeat an opponent quickly and easily

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

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