beat one to it

idiom

Definition of beat one to it

: to succeed before another person does I wondered which of us would finish our work first, but she beat me to it by two days.

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“Beat one to it.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beat%20one%20to%20it. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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