beat (someone) to (something)
1. To do or obtain something before someone else does. I was going to suggest that idea to the boss today, but unfortunately one of my co-workers beat me to it. Tim's older cousins usually beat him to the best parts of the turkey, but this year he got first pick.
2. To reach a destination before someone else does. They beat us to the restaurant, so they're going to get a table. If you run your fastest, no one will be able to beat you to the finish line.
beat someone to something
to get to something before someone else; to claim something before someone else does. (See also beat someone into something.) You beat me to it and took the last cookie. Ken beat John to the door.
1. To get to a place before someone else: You're fast—I'm sure you can beat all the other runners to the finish line.
2. To finish or achieve before someone else: I beat all the other students to the end of the test.