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punch

(pŭnch),
An instrument for making a hole or indentation in some solid material or for driving out a foreign body in such material.
[L. pungo, pp. punctus, to stick, to punch]

punch

An instrument for making a small circular hole in material or tissue, esp. the skin.
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The former Bolton boss is also maintaining his interest in Tal Ben-Haim, whom he tried to sign on a free transfer from his old club during the close-season, but was beaten to the punch by Chelsea.
He was beaten to the punch throughout and never mounted a serious attack.
Wigan are also believed to be in the running to sign Milner and the danger is that Villa could be beaten to the punch for a player they believed they had all but signed.
Having been "beaten to the punch,' Nationwide decided to go for a more significant new product that was to be introduced in March.
His last film for Warner Bros., "Troy" in 2004, was beaten to the punch by USA network's mini "Helen of Troy," which aired a year earlier.
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.
Building upon the wealth of experience they gained at the Film Board, the directors and writers behind these production companies had just began to consider the possibilities of dramatic filmmaking when they were beaten to the punch. In October 1957, 24-year-old Sidney J.
This seems to be confirmed by the cases of Airbus, Thompson and Siemens, which were beaten to the punch by US companies that seemed to have garnered an inordinate level of intelligence.
Waldmeir was beaten to the punch by two books whose authors were somewhat closer to the events at hand, former Rand Daily Mail editor Alisdair Sparks's 1995 Tomorrow Is Another Country (a sequel to his excellent 1990 history, The Mind of South Africa) and Nelson Mandela's own 1994 Long Walk to Freedom.
Very happily, however, we've been beaten to the punch and draw by Singaporean filmmaker Ken Kwek's dark comedy indie, Unlucky Plaza, which topbills Epy as a Filipino living in Singapore who finds himself the victim of a scam.
But they have been beaten to the punch by City after the player's agent uncle met Blues sporting director Txiki Begiristain in Amsterdam last week.
BEATEN TO THE PUNCH: Norwich's Bassong is crowded out