beat (one) to the punch(redirected from beating to the punch)
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Related to beating to the punch: be in touch, in droves, in total, without a hitch
beat (one) to the punch
To do or obtain something before someone else does. The phrase is thought to have originated from boxing. I was going to suggest that idea to the boss today, but unfortunately one of my co-workers beat me to the punch. If you ever scare me like that again, I'll beat you to within an inch of your life, I swear!
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.