beat to the punch
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Related to beat to the punch: come in handy, get the ball rolling, worse for wear
beat someone to the punchand beat someone to the draw
Fig. to do something before someone else does it. I wanted to have the new car, but Sally beat me to the punch. I planned to write a book about using the new software program, but someone else beat me to the draw.
beat somebody to the punch
to do something before someone else can do it I wanted to give my mother a camera, but my brother beat me to the punch.
Etymology: from boxing, in which good fighters are quick to react by punching (hitting) the other fighter before they are hit
beat somebody to the punch(American)
to do something before someone else does it I was thinking of applying for that job but Carol beat me to the punch.