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先を越す
Readings
さきをこす
sakiwokosu
せんをこす
senwokosu
Meanings
Expression
Godan verb with 'su' ending
to take the initiative, to forestall, to beat to the punchzuvorkommen, vorausgehen

Kanji
ON: センKUN: さき, ま.ず
before, ahead, previous, future, precedence

ON: エツ, オツKUN: こ.す, -こ.す, -ご.し, こ.える, -ご.え
surpass, cross over, move to, exceed, Vietnam

Conjugated forms
Example sentences
私は今日自分の申込書を上司に提出するつもりだったが、彼に先を越されてしまった。Parts: (わたし), 今日 (きょう), 自分 (じぶん), 申込書 (もうしこみしょ), 上司 (じょうし), 提出 (ていしゅつ), 積もり (つもり), (かれ), 先を越す (さきをこす), 仕舞う (しまう)I was going to hand in my application form to the boss today, but he beat me to the punch.

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