beat (someone) to the punch

Definition of beat (someone) to the punch

  1. :  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

beatplay
  1. :  to strike repeatedly:

    :  to hit repeatedly so as to inflict pain

    :  to walk on :  tread

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

    :  pulsation, tick

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

  1. :  being in a state of exhaustion :  exhausted

    :  sapped of resolution or morale

    :  of, relating to, or being beatniks

  1. :  beatnik

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

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

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

    :  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

    :  drive, herd

    :  to strike with a forward thrust especially of the fist

  1. :  the action of punching

    :  a quick blow with or as if with the fist

    :  effective energy or forcefulness

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

    :  a drink that is a mixture of nonalcoholic beverages


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