beat (one) to the draw(redirected from beat them to the draw)
beat (one) to the draw
To do, find, or accomplish something quicker than one is able. An allusion to drawing one's weapon in a duel. I had a perfect chance to score a goal, but their defender beat me to the draw and stole the ball away. Tom was just about to answer the teacher's question when Sally beat him to the draw.
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beat to the punch/draw
Move more quickly than someone to accomplish something: for example, “We headed straight for the buffet, but others beat us to the punch and got most of the lobster salad.” Both versions of this cliché date from the mid-1800s and imply an aggressive move, the first alluding to fisticuffs and the second to drawing a pistol.
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