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beat to the punch

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Definition


To act before someone else and gain an advantage.

Context : Social Life
Category: Idiom
Semantic: advantage, fast, first
Examples of idiom “beat to the punch” from Twitter
  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'Eurocentric'
    Eurocentric:

    I am assured I have found the next big thing in Chablis. That's a relief cos I lost a good'un and got beaten to the punch on two others.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'Jim_Sterling'
    Jim_Sterling:

    @PS3Nation You were beaten to the punch on that one. TOO SLOW!

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'kornbizkit714'
    kornbizkit714:

    s.o.b...beaten to the punch with another song idea

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'werd_nerd'
    werd_nerd:

    @Munch444 oh well, beaten to the punch. also, shameless plug: i hope you like the word play in my previous tweet

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'ndwillis'
    ndwillis:

    @danhancox Damn, beaten to the punch again. I guess the Dragon's Den appearance will have to wait.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'mfpuddles'
    mfpuddles:

    Damn. Got beat to the punch for oz park chicago #thth.