One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Succeed in doing something or getting somewhere before someone else.‘you'd better get a move on or they'll beat you to it’
- ‘We aim to go into clinical trials by 2004, but there are no products in clinical trials and I doubt anyone will beat us to it.’
- ‘She knew how I felt about succeeding in my challenge, and she wanted to beat me to it.’
- ‘He and five of his colleagues reached the Pole only to discover that they had been beaten to it by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.’
- ‘You better put in for that time off from the job now, before somebody else beats you to it.’
- ‘He said that if fishers were given control of a specific area, they wouldn't be out in the water grabbing every lobster they could get before another fisher beat them to it.’
- ‘They don't seem able to wait for the exact date of an anniversary any more but instead insist on getting their article, programme or book out in advance, just in case someone else's anniversary tribute beats them to it.’
- ‘Then came the fear that during the five-and-a-half years it took us to do it, someone else would beat us to it.’
- ‘I thought I would be first, getting down here just after 4pm, but these guys beat me to it.’
- ‘I was going to post on this issue myself, but Ted beat me to it.’
- ‘In most cases, imperiled resources such as fisheries and airsheds are in open-access commons where the incentive is for people to take as much as possible of the resource before someone else beats them to it.’
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