Beat me to it

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Dr.Appalayya, Dec 4, 2006.

  1. Dr.Appalayya

    Dr.Appalayya Senior Member

    Hyderabad, India
    My servant absents himself from work several days a month wihtout any notice. I warned him many a time to mend his behavior, but in vain. In fact, for his limited skills, he can not get a job elsewhere. But, left with no alternative, I gave him boot.


    Now, if he argues with me about his loss of job, can I say ' You beat me to it '. I want to mean that he along, not me, is responsible for my action and his loss of job.
  2. evilregis Senior Member

    English, Canada
    That wouldn't work in this case. "You beat me to it" usually means that someone was first to do something.

    Friend 1: You know what we should do...
    Friend 2: Let's go to the movies tonight.
    Friend 1: I was just going to say that, but you beat me to it.

    Here you want a term that illustrates that only the servant is at fault. One suggestion:

    "You made your bed, now lie (or sleep) in it."
  3. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod

    ;evilregis' saying is the very best for this situation, in my opinion. :)

    A few more sayings, not quite as apt:

    "You shot yourself in the foot."
    "You did yourself in."
    "You reap what you sow" (or "as you sow, so shall you reap" [less common but more accurate Biblical allusion])
    "You brought this on/upon yourself."

    (also... it's "gave him the boot." :) )
  4. MissFit

    MissFit Senior Member

    I like this option.
    You could also say, "You gave me no choice/alternative."
  5. supercyxo

    supercyxo Junior Member

    Washington State
    English, United States
    I have always been fond of, "You dug your own grave."
  6. Dang it! You beat me to it! I was thinking the exact same thing!

    I'd say you dug your own grave. Or you brought it upon yourself.

    I agree with everyone. Just showing a usage of "beat me to it!"

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