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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

beat someone to the punch

anticipate or forestall someone's actions.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: beat, draw, punch, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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But Jack Smith, director, leading actor, was the only true theater revolutionary I know about, and before you could think even a glimmer of "Oh no, this is awful," Jack would beat you to the punch. And in his nasal, cracked voice, he'd start complaining and changing the costume of one of his coactors as a piece of scenery fell over; he'd stop to visibly struggle with that inside his head, but everything would be so slow and deliberate and "tasted" by the high panic of his aesthetic consciousness that every moment the stage began to glow with total potential, just like that singular moment before the curtain rose.