Beat the Gun


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Beat the Gun

Slang; the act of buying (or selling) a security or asset at the perfect price. In such cases, immediately after the security or asset is bought (or sold), the price begins a significant increase (or decrease), resulting in a healthy gain for the buyer (or seller).
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Of course the margins of error needed to deliberately beat the gun are so fine as to be almost indefinable.
In a tense start to the final youngster Gibril Bangura beat the gun putting the entire field on their last warning only for the Coventry Godiva runner, who has greater pedigree in the 200m, to rise early and rob himself of the opportunity of upsetting his rivals.
As Home Secretary David Blunkett vowed today to beat the gun crime culture that claimed Mrs Bates' life, her daughter Xanthe said: "There's someone's son or brother who has done this to our family.
Adam explained: "I got disqualified in the heats on the first start because they thought I was trying to beat the gun.
The 18-year-old's lack of experience told as he was put off by a slow start having been called back after a much better getaway when Boldon beat the gun, though the former world 200 m champion complained of poor officiating.
I am lucky that I managed to beat the gun, but it's wrong that the Welsh should be discriminated against,'' Mr Braddock said.