beat\ one\ to\ it

v. phr.
To arrive or get ahead of another person.

I was about to call you, John, but you have beat me to it! thanks for calling me.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • beat one to it — {v. phr.} To arrive or get ahead of another person. * /I was about to call you, John, but you have beat me to it! Thanks for calling me./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat one to it — arrive before a competitor …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • beat\ one's\ brains\ out — • beat one s brains out • beat one s brains v. phr. slang To try very hard to understand or think out something difficult; tire yourself out by thinking. It was too hard for him and he beat his brains out trying to get the answer. Some students… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • beat one's gums — {v. phr.}, {slang} To engage in idle talk, or meaningless chatter; generally to talk too much. * / Stop beating your gums, Jack, Joe cried. I am falling asleep. / Compare: CHEW THE FAT or CHEW THE RAG, SHOOT THE BREEZE or BAT THE BREEZE or FAN… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat one's gums — {v. phr.}, {slang} To engage in idle talk, or meaningless chatter; generally to talk too much. * / Stop beating your gums, Jack, Joe cried. I am falling asleep. / Compare: CHEW THE FAT or CHEW THE RAG, SHOOT THE BREEZE or BAT THE BREEZE or FAN… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat one's brains out — phrasal or beat one s brains : to cudgel one s brain : try continually and energetically to think out something difficult * * * beat one s brains or beat one s brains out To puzzle about something • • • Main Entry: ↑beat …   Useful english dictionary

  • beat one's brains — phrasal see beat one s brains out * * * beat one s brains or beat one s brains out To puzzle about something • • • Main Entry: ↑beat …   Useful english dictionary

  • beat one's breast — phrasal or beat one s chest : to declaim often vaingloriously or vauntingly and usually in vindicating oneself * * * beat one s breast To show extravagant signs of grief • • • Main Entry: ↑beat * * * I see breast …   Useful english dictionary

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