beat (someone) to the punch

Definition of beat (someone) to the punch

:to do or achieve something before someone else is able to
  • We were working on a new product but before we could get it into the market our competition beat us to the punch.

Word by Word Definitions

beat play
  1. : to strike repeatedly:

  2. : to hit repeatedly so as to inflict pain

  3. : to walk on : tread

  1. : a single stroke or blow especially in a series

  2. : a sound produced by or as if by beating (see 1beat)

  3. : a driving impact or force

  1. : being in a state of exhaustion : exhausted

  2. : sapped of resolution or morale

  3. : of, relating to, or being beatniks

  1. : beatnik

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

punch play
  1. : a tool usually in the form of a short rod of steel that is variously shaped at one end for different operations (such as forming, perforating, embossing, or cutting)

  2. : a short tapering steel rod for driving the heads of nails below a surface

  3. : a steel die faced with a letter in relief that is forced into a softer metal to form an intaglio matrix from which foundry type is cast

  1. : prod, poke

  2. : drive, herd

  3. : to strike with a forward thrust especially of the fist

  1. : the action of punching

  2. : a quick blow with or as if with the fist

  3. : effective energy or forcefulness

  1. : a hot or cold drink that is usually a combination of hard liquor, wine, or beer and nonalcoholic beverages


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