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    beat me

    What does that mean ' beat me to the punch ' ?

    Seems common but unavailable in many dictionaires ? Strange

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: beat me

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    What does that mean ' beat me to the punch ' ?

    Seems common but unavailable in many dictionaires ? Strange

    Thanks in advance
    When you win a race or a game before another person, you beat them to the finish line. You win.

    When you tell a joke, the last words of the joke are called the punch-line. For example,

    Joke
    What did one wall say to the other wall?
    Punch-line: I'll meet you in the corner.

    To beat someone to the punch-line, means to say something before someone else has a chance to say it.

    All the best,

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    #3
    As Cas said:
    • beat me to the punch = did it before I could


    :)

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    Re: beat me

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    What does that mean ' beat me to the punch ' ?

    Seems common but unavailable in many dictionaires ? Strange

    Thanks in advance
    I agree with Cas and Ron. I just want to make it clear that "beat someone to the punch" is not confined to jokes or races. It can mean doing or saying anything before someone else.

    Dad: I came down to make coffee, but Mom beat me to the punch.

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    #5
    I only knew ' beat me to it ' :) Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    I only knew ' beat me to it ' :) Thanks
    English has many colorful idioms.

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