What is meaning of beat me by 2 seconds?

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    To beat someone in general: to do better than them. In this context specifically: To be faster than them. So "You were two seconds faster than me." Aug 4, 2017 at 11:49

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The full expression is to beat someone to something. The meaning is very simple: to be faster in accomplishing something than somebody else.

We were competing who would arrive at the university first and he beat me to it by 5 minutes. He arrived 5 minutes earlier at the university than I did.

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