beat (someone) to the punch

idiom

: 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.

Examples of beat (someone) to the punch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web We got beat to the punch by every other trading nation. Eben Shapiro, Time, 22 Aug. 2021 After being beat to the punch by an anonymous leak of the teaser, Amazon Studios released its first official trailer of Cinderella on Wednesday, June 30. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 5 July 2021 He was constantly getting beat to the punch, thanks to the timing of the vet. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, 28 Feb. 2021 He was getting beat to the punch and was behind on all three scorecards. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, 24 June 2020

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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 17 Apr. 2024.

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