Is there any good idiom that means you've been outplayed? Can you think of an idiom like that? I am looking for an idiom I can use to describe that someone got outplayed in a board game like chess. Is there any good idiom for that?

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    Beaten? Thrashed? It depends on what context it's in. – Gamora May 23 '19 at 16:07
  • You could say pwned depending on the audience (making sure they understand internet/video game slang). – Mixolydian May 23 '19 at 17:34

Checkmate works in most contexts, but is not a good choice when you're actually writing about chess...

  1. To defeat completely.

(source: The Free Dictionary)

Another option is whitewash:

(verb) 3: to hold (an opponent) scoreless in a game or contest
(noun) 3: a defeat in a contest in which the loser fails to score

(source: Merriam-Webster)

  • Yes, but it does not work for board games in general. – Lambie May 23 '19 at 16:15

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