Definition of beat to phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

beat to

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

beat somebody to something

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beat somebody to it

 
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to get somewhere or do something before someone else She beat me to the top of the hill. I was about to take the last cookie, but he beat me to it.
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