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beat sb at one's own game

British pronunciation/bˈiːt ˌɛsbˈiː at wˈɒnz ˈəʊn ɡˈeɪm/
American pronunciation/bˈiːt ˌɛsbˈiː æt wˈʌnz ˈoʊn ɡˈeɪm/
to beat sb at one's own game

to beat someone using the same methods and tactics that they use

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What is the origin of the idiom "beat someone at their own game" and when to use it?

The idiom "beat someone at their own game" likely originated from the world of sports and competition. It embodies the idea of surpassing an opponent by using their own strategies, tactics, or skills against them. This concept may have emerged in various competitive environments, from games like chess to athletic contests. It can be used to describe instances where an individual gains an advantage by adopting the same tactics as their adversary, achieving a sense of triumph by demonstrating their ability to excel within the same parameters.

1^Yeah, I don't know why we thought ^we could beat them at their own game.
2Either the Prussian giant stood by and watched the Liberalsand Austriansdreams come true, or he beat them at their own game.
3Serena drags Graf back to her backhand side and then boom, beats Graf at her own game with a huge cross-court forehand Graf catches too late.
4Twinkle twinkle little star, I beat you at your own game.
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