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English definition of “get the better of sb”

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get the better of sb

to defeat someone in a competition: He fought fiercely, but his opponent easily got the better of him. If a feeling gets the better of you, you cannot stop yourself from allowing that feeling to make you do something, despite knowing that what you are doing is wrong: Her curiosity got the better of her and she opened the door and peeped inside.
Translations of “get the better of sb”
in Chinese (Traditional) 擊敗(某人), 感情戰勝(某人的)理智…
in Chinese (Simplified) 击败(某人), 感情战胜(某人的)理智…
(Definition of get the better of sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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