beat the gun


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beat the gun

Fig. to manage to do something before the ending signal. (Originally from sports, referring to scoring in the last seconds of a game just before the referee fires a gun to signal the end of the game.) The field goal beat the gun and was in the air just in time. Tom tried to beat the gun, but he was one second too slow.
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If Obama can beat the gun lobby he will be a miracle man.
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I tried to get out of the blocks first but beat the gun, '' said 18-year-old Ellington.
At the Labour conference on Thursday, Home Secretary David Blunkett vowed to beat the gun crime culture.
Home Secretary David Blunkett today promised that the police would take on and beat the gun crime culture which claimed the life of jeweller Marian Bates.
After England's Kylie Robilliard and Jones had caused false starts, the Welsh record holder beat the gun again but to everyone's amazement there was no recall gun and the four-times British champion hurdled superbly to claim gold in 11.
A Scots gunsmith is planning to patent a new type of dangerous weapon in a bid to beat the gun ban.