get to/get the better of

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get to/get the better of

Post by digitalen » Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:52 pm

I wonder if there is any difference in the meaning between "1" and "2".
1. Curiosity got the better of me.
2. Curiosity got to me.
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Re: get to/get the better of

Post by tony h » Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:44 pm

I would say 2 is unusual. But in comparing "got the better of me" has a suggestion that you weren't originally going to be drawn in. Whereas with 2 there is no indication as to whether you were "got to" immediately, later or very much later.
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Re: get to/get the better of

Post by Phil White » Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:05 pm

As Tony says, version 2 is very strange. Version 1 is pretty well a fixed idiom (i.e. "curiosity" + the idiom "get the better of" together form another fixed idiom).

In my little world, the idiom "get to" is only really used when something annoys or irritates you to such an extent that it causes a reaction. I suppose it could be applied to "curiosity", but it would be, for me, a curious choice.
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