beat to
{v.}, {informal} To do something before someone else does it. * /I was waiting to buy a ticket but only one ticket was left, and another man beat me to it./ * /We were planning to send a rocket into space but the Russians beat us to it./ Compare: GET THE JUMP ON.

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  • beat to — {v.}, {informal} To do something before someone else does it. * /I was waiting to buy a ticket but only one ticket was left, and another man beat me to it./ * /We were planning to send a rocket into space but the Russians beat us to it./ Compare …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To beat to a mummy — Mummy Mum my (m[u^]m m[y^]), n.; pl. {Mummies} (m[u^]m m[i^]z). [F. momie; cf. Sp. & Pg. momia, It. mummia; all fr. Per. m[=u]miy[=a], fr. m[=u]m wax.] 1. A dead body embalmed and dried after the manner of the ancient Egyptians; also, a body… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beat to the punch — or[beat to the draw] {v. phr.}, {slang} To do something before another person has a chance to do it. * /John was going to apply for the job, but Ted beat him to the draw./ * /Lois bought the dress before Mary could beat her to the punch./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat to the punch — or[beat to the draw] {v. phr.}, {slang} To do something before another person has a chance to do it. * /John was going to apply for the job, but Ted beat him to the draw./ * /Lois bought the dress before Mary could beat her to the punch./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat to quarters — verb To summon the crew of a sailing man of war to their stations for action against an enemy. In the Royal Navy the drums were beaten to the rhythm of . See Also: beat a retreat …   Wiktionary

  • beat to pulp — verb a) To beat up (a person) more than usually severely b) to defeat severely in various, even non contact, competitive sports Syn: pulp …   Wiktionary

  • To beat about — Beat Beat, v. i. 1. To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly. [1913 Webster] The men of the city . . . beat at the door. Judges. xix. 22. [1913 Webster] 2. To move with pulsation or throbbing. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To beat about the bush — Beat Beat, v. i. 1. To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly. [1913 Webster] The men of the city . . . beat at the door. Judges. xix. 22. [1913 Webster] 2. To move with pulsation or throbbing. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To beat the rap — Beat Beat, v. i. 1. To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly. [1913 Webster] The men of the city . . . beat at the door. Judges. xix. 22. [1913 Webster] 2. To move with pulsation or throbbing. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To beat up and down — Beat Beat, v. i. 1. To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly. [1913 Webster] The men of the city . . . beat at the door. Judges. xix. 22. [1913 Webster] 2. To move with pulsation or throbbing. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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