beat (someone) to the punch

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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.

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“Beat (someone) to the punch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beat%20%28someone%29%20to%20the%20punch. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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