Definition of get the better of in US English:

get the better of


  • (often of something immaterial) win an advantage over (someone); defeat or outwit.

    ‘curiosity got the better of her’
    • ‘When they moved off, my curiosity got the better of me and I went over to check out the product he had been holding.’
    • ‘But sometimes, our emotions do get the better of us: anger and sadness are notorious for their ability to cloud our judgement.’
    • ‘He hesitated a while across the street, then his curiosity got the better of him and he started to cross the street.’
    • ‘Why he left it there in the first place I don't know, but seeing it there made my curiosity get the better of me again.’
    • ‘Well curiosity got the better of the Professor over the weekend, so a quick google seemed worth the effort.’
    • ‘Lisa tried not to let her curiosity get the better of her as she saw the intense gazes pass between her partner and his love.’
    • ‘When some young police from Redfern told me about them, curiosity got the better of me and I asked them to show me the street they lived in.’
    • ‘Originally from Liverpool, Barker has been living in Los Angeles for 10 years, ever since his fear of flying got the better of him.’
    • ‘Her anger was getting the better of her and she slammed the door.’
    • ‘But his own stubbornness got the better of him and he refused to admit defeat.’
    • ‘Then, curiosity got the better of me and I ventured over again to the Mouse Corner.’
    • ‘Alternatively buy more shares in the company as soon as practicable before the urge to spend gets the better of you.’
    • ‘However, Joe lets his emotions get the better of him and gets involved in the murder of their prime suspect.’
    • ‘So you can just allow your male/animal instincts to get the better of you and kill your girlfriend/wife?’
    • ‘The urge to quantify things gets the better of us, and we attach numbers to things that either aren't measured well or can't be measured at all.’
    • ‘My pent up frustration getting the better of me, I slammed my fist into a nearby locker.’
    • ‘To think, if I would have let my anger over this get the better of me and had ran off, that I could/would have been shot.’
    • ‘Curiosity is about all that ever does get the better of her.’
    • ‘I urged her on, my curiosity getting the better of me.’
    • ‘There was some talk about its potential use in horticulture, which got the better of my dad's curiosity.’
    defeat, beat, best, conquer, trounce, thrash, rout, vanquish, overcome, overwhelm, overpower, destroy, drub, triumph over, prevail over, gain a victory over, win against, win over, worst, subdue, quash, crush
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