One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they were worsted by a large and desperate band of armed malefactors’
defeat, beat, best, get the better of, gain the advantage over, prevail over, triumph over, gain a victory over, trounce, rout, thrash, drub, vanquish, conquer, master, overcome, overwhelm, overpower, overthrow, crush, subdue, subjugate
outdo, outclass, outstrip, surpass, outwit, outsmart, score points off, make a fool of, humiliate
informal lick, clobber, whip, hammer, beat hollow, slaughter, murder, kill, wipe out, do in, crucify, demolish, wipe the floor with, take to the cleaners, walk all over, run rings around, make mincemeat of, blow out of the water, give someone a hiding, get one up on, get one over on
British informal stuff
North American informal shellac, blow out, cream, skunk, slam
US informal own
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