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    play the advantage over somebody

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    The gamblers in Mississippi use a very refined phrase for cheating - “playing the advantages over him.” (Fr. Marryat, “A Diary in America”)

    play the advantage over somebody = wipe someone’s eye

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: play the advantage over somebody

    I've never heard this expression and can't find the meaning anywhere.

    It certainly doesn't mean 'wipe someone's eye'.

    Rover

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    Re: play the advantage over somebody

    It is known that “wipe someone’s eye” is slang. But there is another set of such more perspicuous expressions as “cheat, take in, dupe, foot, gull, bamboozle, play a trick” which in my humble opinion fit the case.

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