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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I want to know, are you prepared to do whatever it takes to beat the gun lobby?
The loss was a bitter pill to swallow for Mahindra, which looked set to clinch the 10th and last qualifying berth over Blackwater by dominating GlobalPort before Stanley Pringle beat the gun to send the game into overtime at 103-all.
If Obama can beat the gun lobby he will be a miracle man.
Britain's Olympic champion Ohuruogu, who won this world title in Osaka four years ago, knew immediately that she was to blame as she beat the gun.
They were actually made as a two-film deal he did with Universal, backed by the belief that, for once, the rabbit would beat the gun.
But chief superintendent Stuart Kernohan has vowed to beat the gun criminals bringing terror to our streets.
I tried to get out of the blocks first but beat the gun, '' said 18-year-old Ellington.

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