to get someone over (on authority)


I have a general idea what the part in bold means, but am not 100% sure. Does it derive from 'to get one over on someone'?

Soccer is the sport of people in more precarious parts of the world. It is especially the sport of the grindingly poor. They’ve been raised to be suspicious of the Marquess of Queensberry ideals and the elites who practise them, usually to their own benefit.

Sometimes you need to cut a corner, especially if that gets you over on authority, as represented by the referee. It’s not a coincidence the national teams that make a great point of playing the game the so-called “right way” are often the most bourgeois – Germany, England, Japan, et al.

Neymar and the realpolitik of modern soccer
The Globe and Mail
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It's a bit of a mystery to me - it may be as you suggest but I have not heard or seen the expression before. I have asked the author if he would comment.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    Usually, the phrasal verb is "to get one over on [someone]" = to get the better of someone. to beat somebody.