Definition of beat someone to the punch in English:

beat someone to the punch

phrase

informal
  • Anticipate or forestall someone's actions.

    ‘he was driven on by the fear that someone might beat him to the punch in documenting the movement’
    • ‘In case they hadn't noticed, Ordnance Survey beat them to the punch.’
    • ‘They may also be haunted by the fear that someone else will be thinking along similar lines and may beat them to the punch.’
    • ‘Should we really believe that David floated this story without further confirmation because he was concerned that John might beat him to the punch?’
    • ‘But once more a Midway forward beat him to the punch.’
    • ‘We beat Ron to the punch and tell the others before we tell him.’
    • ‘He beat me to the punch by a full half-hour - and I work with the attorney for one of the parties!’
    • ‘Olivia was a contender, but my brother and sister-in-law beat me to the punch.’
    • ‘You get a story and you want to go with it before somebody else beats you to the punch, so sometimes it doesn't get checked as thoroughly.’
    • ‘I am about to share this theory with Byatt, but she beats me to the punch, with yet another theory of her own.’
    • ‘Elliot's high school prom has him missing the chance to dance with the girl with the broken leg; he is beaten to the punch by a more courageous guy.’