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.
See also: beat, punch, someone
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As much as we might want to pride ourselves on inventing drugs, nature invariably beat us to the punch.
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.
Today, from the get-go, they beat us to the punch all night," La Russa said.
He nearly beat us to the punch, rising from his bed at 2:30 in the afternoon.
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.
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.
Foodservice beat us to the punch and our only counter was a weak imitation of the blow that had stunned us.
Shortly after the Russians beat us to the punch by launching Sputnik - the first earth-orbiting satellite - America was in a panic.