give someone a run for their money

Give someone a run for their money
If you can give someone a run for the money, you are as good, or nearly as good, as they are at something.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • give (someone) a run for (their) money — to compete very strongly against someone who is expected to win a competition. I think only Liverpool will be able to give Manchester United a run for their money next season …   New idioms dictionary

  • give someone a run for their money —    If you can give someone a run for the money, you are as good, or nearly as good, as they are at something.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • give someone a (good) run for their money — phrase to compete very well against someone so that it is hard for them to defeat you A new phone company is giving the others a run for their money. Thesaurus: to compete, or to try to winsynonym Main entry: run …   Useful english dictionary

  • give someone/something a run for their money — give someone/something a (good) run for their money provide someone or something with challenging competition or opposition …   Useful english dictionary

  • run for one's money — {n. phr.} 1. A good fight; a hard struggle. Usually used with give or get . * /Our team didn t win the game, but they gave the other team a run for their money./ 2. Satisfaction; interest; excitement. Usually used with give or get . * /People… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run for one's money — {n. phr.} 1. A good fight; a hard struggle. Usually used with give or get . * /Our team didn t win the game, but they gave the other team a run for their money./ 2. Satisfaction; interest; excitement. Usually used with give or get . * /People… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run — [c]/rʌn / (say run) verb (ran, run, running) –verb (i) 1. to move quickly on foot, so as to go more rapidly than in walking (in bipedal locomotion, so that for an instant in each step neither foot is on the ground). 2. to do this for exercise, as …   Australian English dictionary

  • money — [[t]mʌ̱ni[/t]] ♦ monies, moneys (plural) 1) N UNCOUNT Money is the coins or bank notes that you use to buy things, or the sum that you have in a bank account. A lot of the money that you pay at the cinema goes back to the film distributors...… …   English dictionary

  • run — run1 W1S1 [rʌn] v past tense ran [ræn] past participle run present participle running ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(move quickly using your legs)¦ 2¦(race)¦ 3¦(organize/be in charge of )¦ 4¦(do something/go somewhere quickly)¦ 5¦(buses/trains etc)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • run — run1 [ rʌn ] (past tense ran [ ræn ] ; past participle run) verb *** ▸ 1 move quickly with legs ▸ 2 control/organize ▸ 3 machine: work ▸ 4 liquid: flow ▸ 5 try to be elected ▸ 6 vehicle: travel ▸ 7 be shown/performed ▸ 8 reach amount/rate ▸ 9… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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