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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Rovers coach Tony Smith said: "Wakefield beat us to the punch in all aspects.
"They beat us to the punch a little bit, but the positive was we were only four points down and we addressed things at half time.
As much as we might want to pride ourselves on inventing drugs, nature invariably beat us to the punch. Before we got pain relief from aspirin, for example, its key ingredient salicin could be extracted by boiling willow bark.
We had to go about our own thing but I was a little concerned they might beat us to the punch. They did in the US but not in Europe.
One of the police community support officers said in another Facebook post that they had been looking for the man but "Ultimately Batman beat us to the punch......
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"From the get-go, they beat us to the punch all night," St Louis manager Tony La Russa said.
He nearly beat us to the punch, rising from his bed at 2:30 in the afternoon.
"But Whitley Bay beat us to the punch. Both of us, though, have decided to actually do something about the nationwide shortage of lady members at golf clubs.
Perelman beat us to the punch fair and square, and fully deserves to become one of four people to win the mathematics world's top prize, the Fields Medal.
Doncaster's racing manager Steven Clarke said: "It's not the first time this has happened as Kempton beat us to the punch in 1989, but it is a bit disappointing as we are normally associated with the traditional curtain-raiser to the Flat.
That's a question we wanted to ask, but it turns out someone beat us to the punch. Talkaboutsleep.com, a Web site run by the Serta mattress folks, asked just that question and here's what they found out.
CBC's This Hour has 22 Minutes beat us to the punch on that one a few days after the election was called.
As to the timing of Imagine's action, Singer adds, "It is my understanding that Imagine and its lawyers were aware that we were possibly going to file our claims against Imagine and Universal (July 7) and they wanted to beat us to the punch."