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

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"get the better of sb" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “get the better of sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)