Sun 28 Jul, 2013 07:08 pm
I'm a S. Korean who is studying English watching soap dramas.
This is part of the sitcom Friends.
A guy named Ross is looking around a room where he might be living in soon.
His friend, Pheobe, likes the room much and suggest him he get the room, saying
"You better hurry up and fill out an application, or I'm gonna beat you to it."
What did she mean by "beat you to it" ?
Did she say she would hit him until he does what she told him to?
I can sense that she is urging him strongly to get the room.
But what is the exact meaning of 'beat someone to it'?
In American English "beat you to it" means, in this case, she will take the room for herself if he hesitates too long.
You are right. Don't ever say something like that in a deposition.
Yes. Look for all the meanings of "beat" in your dictionary.
"I will beat you to it" means "I will do it before you ".
Do you mind if I ask you what is 'in a deposition.'?
Thank you. Now it's crystal-clear to me.
A deposition is a legal statement to a court and that poster was joking with you.
No I wasn't joking. If people are going to learn English then they should realize the different meanings words can have depending on the circumstances.
The main reason I even made that post is because it happened to me irl and I was caught off guard.
That's right, they want it to be the dog's bollocks.
I don't know what this means"dog's bollocks". I was only trying to point out that there is a difference between American English and British English and the context.
Some things it's better not to know.