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Meaning of “get the better of sb” in the English Dictionary

"get the better of sb" in British English

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get the better of sb

to ​defeat someone in a ​competition: He ​foughtfiercely, but his ​opponenteasily 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, ​despiteknowing that what you are doing is ​wrong: Her ​curiosity got the better of her and she ​opened the ​door and ​peeped inside.
(Definition of get the better of sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “get the better of sb”
in Chinese (Simplified) 击败(某人), 感情战胜(某人的)理智…
in Chinese (Traditional) 擊敗(某人), 感情戰勝(某人的)理智…
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