One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘neither team was strong enough to overcome the other’
defeat, beat, best, conquer, trounce, thrash, rout, vanquish, overwhelm, overpower, destroy, drub, get the better of, triumph over, prevail over, gain a victory over, win against, win over, outdo, outclass, outstrip, surpass, excel, worst, subdue, quash, crush
informal slaughter, murder, kill, clobber, hammer, whip, lick, paste, crucify, demolish, tank, wipe the floor with, make mincemeat of, blow out of the water, take to the cleaners, walk over, walk all over, run rings around
British informal stuff
North American informal shellac, skunk
US informal own
2‘a one-day course which helps people overcome their fear of flying’
get the better of, prevail over, control, get control of, bring under control, get under control, bridle, tame, master, gain mastery over, deal with, conquer, defeat, vanquish, beat, solve, triumph over, best, worst, overpower, overwhelm
get over, get a grip on, curb, subdue, subjugate, repress, quell, quash
1‘I was overcome, half-suffocated by the sadness’
overwhelmed, emotional, moved, affected, struck, choky, speechless, at a loss for words, shaken, disturbed
informal bowled over
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