I have read these idioms:
" Beat someone to the punch/Beat someone to the draw".
I know their meaning, but I am confused about the grammatical usage.
Here are two examples from freedictionary.
I wanted to have the new car, but Sally beat me to the punch.
I planned to write a book about using the new software program, but someone else beat me to the draw
Now my question is that wouldn't it be had beaten according to meaning of already completed action before past tense, i.e. wanted and planned.