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.
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However, their pride in their parenting is short-lived when the youngsters' grandparents buy exactly the same gift and beat them to the punch by handing it over on Christmas Eve.
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The ethical hackers at Trustwave try to beat them to the punch, while the world's unethical hackers continue to seek security Relevant Products/Services vulnerabilities in all things between routers and PIN-pads.
He can beat them to the punch on the dash to the first turn, and once on the bunny the clock suggests it will be tough for one of the others to peg him back.
We beat them to the punch by a couple of months," Saunders said.
But the comparatively small Wesleyan beat them to the punch by signing a deal with trustees of two pension funds belonging to the crashed Allied Steel & Wire group - many of whose employees lost much of their nest egg in the failure.
But Magpies supremo Freddy Shepherd plans to beat them to the punch.
Sainsbury's beat them to the punch eight years ago by becoming the first supermarket to offer personal finance and is now even offering customers the chance to play the stock market.
Now the rebels fear IDS might beat them to the punch in a confidence vote from the party's 300,000 members.
Still, many investigators worry that by immediately giving away all of their data, other scientists will use it to beat them to the punch with new revelations.
We know BMW, VW, Honda and Nissan are thinking about entering the full-size pickup market and we want to beat them to the punch with the C3," adds Kornas.
BBC reporters had to rely on the Conservative Party to confirm the appointment and, according to some correspondents in the staff newspaper Ariel, that allowed their rivals to beat them to the punch.
The country boys beat them to the punch on that one.
While contemporary critics call Social Security a Ponzi game, Samuelson beat them to the punch in 1967 by blessing it as one.