beat (someone) to (something)(redirected from beat one to)
beat (someone) to (something)
1. To do or obtain something before someone else does. I was going to suggest that idea to the boss today, but unfortunately one of my co-workers beat me to it. Tim's older cousins usually beat him to the best parts of the turkey, but this year he got first pick.
2. To reach a destination before someone else does. They beat us to the restaurant, so they're going to get a table. If you run your fastest, no one will be able to beat you to the finish line.
See also: beat