beat someone to the punch

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, to
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beat someone to the punch

anticipate or forestall someone's actions.
See also: beat, punch, someone, to
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