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’
    • ‘I urged her on, my curiosity getting the better of me.’
    • ‘My pent up frustration getting the better of me, I slammed my fist into a nearby locker.’
    • ‘However, Joe lets his emotions get the better of him and gets involved in the murder of their prime suspect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He hesitated a while across the street, then his curiosity got the better of him and he started to cross the street.’
    • ‘But his own stubbornness got the better of him and he refused to admit defeat.’
    • ‘Alternatively buy more shares in the company as soon as practicable before the urge to spend gets the better of you.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was some talk about its potential use in horticulture, which got the better of my dad's curiosity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Originally from Liverpool, Barker has been living in Los Angeles for 10 years, ever since his fear of flying got the better of him.’
    • ‘Then, curiosity got the better of me and I ventured over again to the Mouse Corner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But sometimes, our emotions do get the better of us: anger and sadness are notorious for their ability to cloud our judgement.’
    • ‘Her anger was getting the better of her and she slammed the door.’
    • ‘Well curiosity got the better of the Professor over the weekend, so a quick google seemed worth the effort.’
    • ‘When they moved off, my curiosity got the better of me and I went over to check out the product he had been holding.’
    • ‘Curiosity is about all that ever does get the better of her.’
    • ‘So you can just allow your male/animal instincts to get the better of you and kill your girlfriend/wife?’
    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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