English version

beat somebody/something to the punch

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbeat somebody/something to the punchbeat somebody/something to the punchinformal to do or get something before anyone else does Hitachi has beaten its competitors to the punch with its new palmtop. punch
Examples from the Corpus
beat somebody/something to the punchMaster Yehudi had beaten me to the punch again.Hitachi has beaten their competition to the punch with a new line of mainframe computers.Bernie, it might be a good idea if you beat them to the punch.
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