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I came across this sentence: “ I had got one over on the man.

Does it mean that somehow ... he won the first round in a battle?

Can it be a nice way to put it sometimes? Good colloquial English?

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I came across this sentence: “ I had got one over on the man.”

Does it mean that somehow ... he won the first round in a battle?

No it means that you have had a small victory over the man. You have fooled the man.

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  • Depending on context, "the man" can mean "legal authorities", especially if "The Man" is capitalized. So "I had got one over on The Man" could mean that you committed some infraction or crime and you were not caught or punished by the authorities. Mar 2, 2021 at 16:17

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