beat someone to the punch


beat someone to the punch
beat (someone) to the punch American to do something before someone else does it.

I was thinking of applying for that job but Carol beat me to the punch.


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  • beat someone to the punch — informal anticipate or forestall someone s actions * * * beat someone to the punch see ↑punch, 2 • • • Main Entry: ↑beat beat (someone) to the punch : to do or achieve something before someone else is able to We were working on a new product but… …   Useful english dictionary

  • beat to the punch — beat (someone) to the punch : to do or achieve something before someone else is able to We were working on a new product but our competition beat us to the punch. [=our competition started selling a similar product before we did] • • • Main Entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • beat to the punch — beat (someone) to the punch American to do something before someone else does it. I was thinking of applying for that job but Carol beat me to the punch …   New idioms dictionary

  • beat to the punch — If you beat someone to the punch, you act before them and gain an advantage …   The small dictionary of idiomes

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  • The Original Amateur Hour — 1950 trade advertisement The Original Amateur Hour is an American radio and television program. The show was a continuation of Major Bowes Amateur Hour which had been a radio staple from 1934 to 1945. Major Edward Bowes, the originator of the… …   Wikipedia

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