Context: 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. Query: 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.