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Related to beaten to the punch: at least, at first blush, touch base, worse for wear, up to par
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Hall walked straight onto the shot but it proved to be a flash knockdown - although he continued to be beaten to the punch by a fighter 10 years younger than him.
Hall walked straight onto the shot but it proved to be a flash knockdown although he continued to be beaten to the punch by a fighter 10 years younger than him.
Pardew was ready to take a gamble on a man Newcastle had scouted extensively before being beaten to the punch by Monchengladbach 18 months earlier, although the Dutchman is yet to end his personal drought after eight appearances.
Martinez would like to land James McCarthy, but is likely to be beaten to the punch by Spurs.
DUNDEE Rab Douglas 5 Beaten to the punch by Pawlett which led to Craig's goal.
We were just beaten to the punch in the first 20 minutes.
MICK McCarthy says he was beaten to the punch in a bid to bag Danny Wellbeck.
But the Blues have been beaten to the punch this week by another club which has its roots here on Merseyside.
Redknapp tried to sign Bellamy from West Ham last year but was beaten to the punch by Hughes.
Sadly for Shanghai, they got beaten to the punch, by Nanjing.
Les Davies rushes to congratulate Tony Gray after the Bangor player's goal at Treflan; Bangor City's Mark Connolly is beaten to the punch by Saints keeper Gerrard Doherty
But he looks certain to be outbid and beaten to the punch by Charlton who have cash to launch a million pound bid at the end of the season.