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for To get the better of
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Get \Get\ (g[e^]t), v. t. [imp. Got (g[o^]t) (Obs. Gat
(g[a^]t)); p. p. Got (Obsolescent Gotten (g[o^]t"t'n));
p. pr. & vb. n. Getting.] [OE. geten, AS. gitan, gietan (in
comp.); akin to Icel. geta, Goth. bigitan to find, L.
prehendere to seize, take, Gr. chanda`nein to hold, contain.
Cf. Comprehend, Enterprise, Forget, Impregnable,
1. To procure; to obtain; to gain possession of; to acquire;
to earn; to obtain as a price or reward; to come by; to
win, by almost any means; as, to get favor by kindness; to
get wealth by industry and economy; to get land by
2. Hence, with have and had, to come into or be in possession
of; to have. --Johnson.
Thou hast got the face of man. --Herbert.
3. To beget; to procreate; to generate.
I had rather to adopt a child than get it. --Shak.
4. To obtain mental possession of; to learn; to commit to
memory; to memorize; as to get a lesson; also with out;
as, to get out one's Greek lesson.
It being harder with him to get one sermon by heart,
than to pen twenty. --Bp. Fell.
5. To prevail on; to induce; to persuade.
Get him to say his prayers. --Shak.
6. To procure to be, or to cause to be in any state or
condition; -- with a following participle.
Those things I bid you do; get them dispatched.
7. To betake; to remove; -- in a reflexive use.
Get thee out from this land. --Gen. xxxi.
He . . . got himself . . . to the strong town of
Note: Get, as a transitive verb, is combined with adverbs
implying motion, to express the causing to, or the
effecting in, the object of the verb, of the kind of
motion indicated by the preposition; thus, to get in,
to cause to enter, to bring under shelter; as, to get
in the hay; to get out, to make come forth, to extract;
to get off, to take off, to remove; to get together, to
cause to come together, to collect.
To get by heart, to commit to memory.
To get the better of, To get the best of, to obtain an
advantage over; to surpass; to subdue.
To get up, to cause to be established or to exit; to
prepare; to arrange; to construct; to invent; as, to get
up a celebration, a machine, a book, an agitation.
Syn: To obtain; gain; win; acquire. See Obtain.
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