beat (one) to the punch

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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.
See also: beat, 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.
See also: beat, punch

beat someone to the punch

anticipate or forestall someone's actions.
See also: beat, punch, someone
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Pacquiao beat him to the punch, prematurely announcing that he's hanging up his gloves after his showdown with Timothy Bradley.
Devon-based Spanish teenager Christian Hoskin-Gomez, 19, is the ideal foil and their come forward styles will likely see someone fall, but Robinson believes he has the craft to beat him to the punch.
Yet the colourful Englishman is not leader as 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez beat him to the punch with a 63 after a dream start when he holed a full second shot to eagle his first hole.
If any team-mate is going to beat him to the punch it could be Joe Ledley who has netted three in his last four outings against Killie.
Sykes looked to draw Frank onto southpaw lefts and after several found their target, the Yorkshire champion was more reluctant to attack and the Coventry boxer was able to beat him to the punch.
DAVID HAYE'S hopes of securing a career-defining fight against one of the Klitschko brothers have been further undermined after Poland's Tomasz Adamek beat him to the punch.
BOXING: David Haye's hopes of securing a careerdefining fight against one of the Klitschko brothers have been further undermined after Poland's Tomasz Adamek beat him to the punch.
The feud began when Londono planned to open a Fordham Road store last year but Gutierrez beat him to the punch.
The fifth stage is one of the most demanding on the tour with several energy-sapping hills, but Thomas' plan to put distance between himself and the front runners was scuppered when another break beat him to the punch.
That is, if "Law & Order" doesn't beat him to the punch.
Should I beat him to the punch and 'fess up, or just hope the guy's cooled down sufficiently by then and doesn't mention anything?
But fellow countryman John Oxx may beat him to the punch.
The southerner had a big height advantage but was unable to use it to his benefit as Edwards continuously beat him to the punch.
Toney beat him to the punch almost every time, and Holyfield admitted afterward he couldn't seem to throw punches even when he saw openings.
Both were given three majors and two 10-minute misconducts, but Holt received one more game misconduct (three, to Bathe's two), plus one minor penalty to beat him to the punch.