meet one's match


Encounter someone equal in ability to oneself, as in The chess champion was about to meet his match in a computer. This expression originated about 1300 as find one's match, but the alliterative meet was being used by the mid-1500s and has survived.

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“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.
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