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To do something before someone else - thesaurus


beat someone to it

to do something before someone else

make the first move

to take action before anyone else



to do something before a planned time or before something happens

be/stay one jump ahead (of someone)

to do something before someone else or more successfully than someone else

steal a march on someone

to get an advantage over someone by secretly starting something that they had planned to do



formal to say, do, or write something before you say, do, or write the most important part

go ahead

to go to a place before someone else who you are with



to arrive before someone else

steal someone’s thunder

to get attention and praise for doing something that someone else had planned to do

make hay (while the sun shines)

to do something while a situation allows you to, because the situation may not last very long

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catch someone napping

to do something that someone is not expecting so that you get an advantage over them

cut the ground from under someone’s feet

to spoil someone’s plans or achievements by doing something better than them or by doing it before them

do something while the going is good

to do something before any problems happen that will prevent you from doing it

put the cart before the horse

to do one thing before another thing that you should have done first



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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