Beat her to the punch - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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beat (one) to the punch
To do or obtain something before someone else does. The phrase is thought to have originated from boxing. Primarily heard in US. I was going to suggest that idea to the boss today, but unfortunately one of my co-workers beat me to the punch.
beat someone to the punch and 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 someone to the punch anticipate or forestall someone's actions.
References in periodicals archive
Patent and Trademark Office rejected her trademark application on grounds that a similar character already beat her to the punch
, according to The Smoking Gun website.
They may have gotten into a fight where she said she wanted a divorce and he filed just to beat her to the punch
, even though he doesn't want a divorce.
Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow beat her to the punch
two years ago with ``Shallow Hal.