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 for To have the advantage of
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Advantage \Ad*van"tage\ (?; 61, 48), n. [OE. avantage,
     avauntage, F. avantage, fr. avant before. See Advance, and
     cf. Vantage.]
     1. Any condition, circumstance, opportunity, or means,
        particularly favorable to success, or to any desired end;
        benefit; as, the enemy had the advantage of a more
        elevated position.
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              Give me advantage of some brief discourse. --Shak.
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              The advantages of a close alliance.   --Macaulay.
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     2. Superiority; mastery; -- with of or over.
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              Lest Satan should get an advantage of us. --2 Cor.
                                                    ii. 11.
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     3. Superiority of state, or that which gives it; benefit;
        gain; profit; as, the advantage of a good constitution.
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     4. Interest of money; increase; overplus (as the thirteenth
        in the baker's dozen). [Obs.]
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              And with advantage means to pay thy love. --Shak.
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     5. (Tennis) The first point scored after deuce.
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     Advantage ground, vantage ground. [R.] --Clarendon.
  
     To have the advantage of (any one), to have a personal
        knowledge of one who does not have a reciprocal knowledge.
        "You have the advantage of me; I don't remember ever to
        have had the honor." --Sheridan.
  
     To take advantage of, to profit by; (often used in a bad
        sense) to overreach, to outwit.
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     Syn: Advantage, Advantageous, Benefit, Beneficial.
  
     Usage: We speak of a thing as a benefit, or as beneficial,
            when it is simply productive of good; as, the benefits
            of early discipline; the beneficial effects of
            adversity. We speak of a thing as an advantage, or as
            advantageous, when it affords us the means of getting
            forward, and places us on a "vantage ground" for
            further effort. Hence, there is a difference between
            the benefits and the advantages of early education;
            between a beneficial and an advantageous investment of
            money.
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