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To compete, or to try to win - thesaurus




to try to win a competition



to compete with other people for something that is difficult to get



to compete against someone, for example for a victory or for power



to compete with someone, or to try to achieve the opposite of what they are trying to achieve



to compete in order to win something or get something



to compete for something

take on

to fight or compete against someone

pit against

if you pit your skills, knowledge, or ability against someone, you use all your skill in order to deal successfully or compete with them

hold on

to keep trying to win or succeed

get through to

to go forward to the next stage of a process, for example a competition, because you have succeeded in the previous stage

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to invite someone to compete or fight

do battle

to argue with or fight against a difficult opponent, official system etc

draw level

to become equal to someone in a competition when they had previously been winning

face off

informal if people or groups face off, they compete or fight with each other

give someone a (good) run for their money

to compete very well against someone so that it is hard for them to defeat you

go the (full) distance

to compete in a race or game until the end, continuing to try to win



to try to gain an advantage over your opponents, or to get something that other people are trying to get



to argue or compete

keep up with the Joneses

to try to be as rich, successful etc as your neighbours

mix it (up) with someone

to compete with someone

move/close/go in for the kill

to prepare to destroy or defeat someone or something

pit against

to make someone compete or fight against someone or something else

pitch against

to make someone fight or compete against someone else

play hardball

American to use any methods to defeat someone, even unfair or dishonest ones

square up

British if two people square up, they prepare to start competing or fighting with each other



to try very hard to defeat someone or to stop them having power over you

take the gloves off

to start fighting or competing hard in order to achieve something. When this happens, you can say ‘the gloves are off’



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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