Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “play sb at their own game”

play sb at their own game

UK
to try to get an advantage over someone by using the same methods as they use: If women want to succeed in business, they have to play men at their own game.Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities
(Definition of play sb at their own game from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Translations of “play sb at their own game”

Word of the Day

handout

a document given to students or reporters which contains information about a particular subject

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More