I'm looking for an idiom that means "dominate" and can be used in the following sentence:
Our team dominated from the beginning to the end.
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In the context of contests, sporting or otherwise, this idiom springs to mind:
"Our team wiped the floor with them from beginning to end."
wipe the floor with: to defeat someone very easily:
"I hear Italy beat France in the semifinals last night." "Beat them? They wiped the floor with them!"
You could also say:
"we had them in the palm of our hand from beginning to end"
have in the palm of your hand: to have complete control over someone and to be able to make them do anything you want:
He had the audience in the palm of his hand.
Lastly, in Britain, there's an idiom which is commonly used in the circumstances of a contest:
"Our team thrashed them"
thrash: defeat heavily in a contest or match:
I thrashed Pete at cards
Agree with @Lawrence. Your sentence is idiomatic as it is.
However, if your team exhibited ruthless demonstration of sporting skill and acumen, then you can safely say that you "steamrollered" all your opponents.
an overpowering force, especially one that crushes all opposition with ruthless disregard
Australia steamrollers Pakistan in second final
Our team crushed the opponents (from start to finish).
An example from the net
Second match against VSS Kosice became a very different story, they lost 3–0 away and then crushed the opponents with 6–0 at home, after a hat-trick by Roger Carlsson.
Wikipedia: IF Elfsborg in European football
You can use, "have/get the upper hand":
to have power and control over someone or a situation.
- By half time, the Italian soccer team seemed to have the upper hand.
(Cambridge Dictionary of American idioms)
I think "owned" would work for you idiomatically.
Our team owned them from the beginning to the end.
Alternately if you are typing on the internet, you would use the below.
Our team pwnd.
Not a perfect fit but consider these:
Lord it over (someone) — TFD
To dominate someone; to direct and control someone.
"Mr. Smith seems to lord it over his wife."
"The boss lords it over everyone in the office."
Get a leg up on (someone) — TFD
To achieve or be in a position of advantage over someone else.
"One must always be looking for ways to get a leg up on the competition if one wants to succeed in business."
"I've been practising all summer long, and now I've finally gotten a leg up on Keith in tennis."
You could say, Our team had the edge from the beginning to the end.
the advantage of someone and the advantage over someone ; an advantage over someone; the advantage over someone; the edge on someone; the edge over someone a position superior to that of someone else; a status wherein one controls or has superiority or authority over someone else. (Typically: get ~; give someone ~; have ~.) She'd gotten an advantage over me at the start of the competition. I got an edge on Sally, too, and she came in second. McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
You can use "in the driving seat"....
E.g: our team was in the driving seat from the beginning to the end..
You could use Outclassed
The dictionary on Reference.com lists it as:
verb (used with object)
- to surpass in excellence or quality, especially by a wide margin; be superior:
"He far outclasses the other runners in the race."
Sports Informal. a defeat in which the loser fails to score.
Not necessarily the same but if the score was X-0, you could say, 'Our team won the match 5-0, it was a total whitewash.'
I think you have one of the best words for your sentence, but you could also use:
destroy or severely damage (a structure or vehicle).
"the blast wrecked more than 100 houses"
There is an American English idiom, but one which British speakers are familiar with, it emphasizes the ease of a team's victory
Our team won the match easily, it was like taking candy from a baby
Beating them was the easiest thing in the world - it was like taking candy from a baby
You could also use the word overwhelm, or rout.
""his teams overwhelmed their opponents"
Synonyms: defeat (utterly/heavily)
You could say: "Our team had its own way from the beginning to the end."
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. S.v. "one's way." :
*one's (own) way (with someone or something)
[get/have] one's control over someone or something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~.)
Another one often used in sports:
Or, "ran circles around".
Embarrassing stat highlights how Bayern Munich ran rings around Arsenal
Run rings around. Also, run circles around. Be markedly superior to, as in Ethan runs rings around David in chess, or In spelling, Karen runs circles around her classmates.
As you can see from the examples, you use it in present tense if you're saying X is, as a characteristic, dominant in ability over Y, and in past tense if you're saying that, on a particular occasion, X did dominate Y by outperforming them.
=> I totally owned the last two levels of the game.
=> He owned the season from beginning to end and took the world title.
See also: Pwnd
You could consider using the verb outpower in your example which means:
[with object] To exceed in power; to defeat by superior power or force.
On a cold and windy evening, Serena Williams easily advanced to the quarterfinals of the Omnium Du Maurier Canadian Open in Montreal, defeating Anna Kournikova in straight sets. Seeded fourth, Williams outpowered her Russian opponent whom she had never played before in front of a full stadium of nearly 11000 spectators.
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