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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WIN OVER

Although he is not the mere executor of the will of the majority, he must win over the majority to himself.

Why should they not win over our colonists, if they can, and push us into the sea?

An attempt to win over the soldiers of the other barracks failed.

When I took all that trouble to have you win over that ridiculous Bronson-Smith!

I might win over three or four or half a dozen of the men to whom I have been friendly.

It was deemed a matter of much importance to win over these men.

But youll have to beat him if you expect to win over Robinson, said Allan, anxiously.

You could win over the devil himself with that angelic voice of yours.

I did hope at one time that I should win over your uncle to a love for my pursuits.

In Russia he had endeavored to win over the schismatic Greek.

WORD ORIGIN

fusion of Old English winnan "struggle for, work at, strive, fight," and gewinnan "to gain or succeed by struggling, to win," both from Proto-Germanic *wenwanan (cf. Old Saxon winnan, Old Norse vinna, Old Frisian winna, Dutch winnen "to gain, win," Danish vinde "to win," Old High German winnan "to strive, struggle, fight," German gewinnen "to gain, win," Gothic gawinnen "to suffer, toil"). Perhaps related to wish, or from PIE *van- "overcome, conquer." Related: Won; winning.

Sense of "to be victorious" is recorded from c.1300. Breadwinner preserves the sense of "toil" in Old English winnan. Phrase you can't win them all (1954) first attested in Raymond Chandler. Winningest is attested by 1804.

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