beat


beat
[c]/bit / (say beet)

verb (beat, beaten or beat, beating)
verb (t)
1. to strike repeatedly and usually violently.
2. to thrash, cane, or flog, as a punishment.
3. to whisk; stir, as in order to thicken or aerate: to beat cream; to beat eggwhites.
4. to dash against: rain beating the trees.
5. to flutter or flap: a bird beating its wings.
6. to sound as on a drum.
7. to make (a path) by repeated treading.
8. Music to mark (time) by strokes, as with the hand or a metronome.
9. Hunting to scour (forest, grass, bush, etc.) in order to rouse game.
10. to overcome in a contest; defeat.
11. to break or destroy (a habit or the like).
12. to be superior to.
13. Colloquial to frustrate or baffle; be too difficult for: *`Beats me,' said the policeman, `how a new chum got himself up here at all.' –joan lindsay, 1967.
14. to take measures to counteract or offset: leaving early to beat the rush hour.
15. to anticipate (someone) in reaching or achieving a goal: she beat him to the corner.
16. US to swindle or cheat: to beat someone out of five hundred dollars.
verb (i)
17. to strike repeated blows; pound.
18. to throb or pulsate.
19. to radiate intense light or heat; glare: the sun beat down on his head.
20. to fall violently: the rain beat down on the roof.
21. to dash (against, on, etc.).
22. to resound under blows, as a drum.
23. to play, as on a drum.
24. to scour cover in order to rouse game.
25. to be capable of being beaten (beat def. 3): this cream won't beat.
26. Physics to make a beat or beats.
27. Nautical to make progress to windward by sailing full and by, first on one tack and then on the other.
noun
28. a stroke or blow.
29. the sound made by it.
30. a throb or pulsation.
31. Horology the stroke made by the action of the escapement of a watch or clock.
32. a beaten path or habitual round, as of a police officer.
33. Colloquial a similar habitual round or path followed by a prostitute looking for clients, or people looking for a sexual partner.
34. Colloquial a place, as a club, men's toilet, etc., used for anonymous male homosexual intercourse.
35. the area of land a musterer must clear of sheep or cattle.
36. Music
a. the audible, visual, or mental marking of the metrical divisions of music.
b. a stroke of the hand, baton, etc., marking time division or accent for music during performance.
37. Prosody the accent, stress, or ictus, in a foot or rhythmical unit of poetry.
38. Physics a periodic fluctuation caused by simultaneous occurrence of two waves, currents, or sounds of slightly different frequency.
39. Fencing a firm movement against the opponent's blade, made with the object of deflecting it.
40. Hunting
a. the act of scouring for game.
b. a shoot in which game is raised by beating.
41. Colloquial a beatnik.
42. Colloquial a deadbeat; loafer; sponger.
adjective
43. Colloquial exhausted; worn out: I'm dead beat after working all day.
44. Colloquial defeated: *I've raced all day through the scorching heat / After old Bowneck: now I'm beat. –a.b. (banjo) paterson, 1917.
45. of or relating to the beat generation or their culture.
46. abhorring traditional conventions of dress, behaviour, etc.; cool.
phrase
47. beat about the bush, to approach a matter in a roundabout way; avoid coming to the point.
48. beat a retreat, to withdraw hurriedly, as from an unpleasant situation. {Phrase Origin: from the military sense of the phrase, that is, to give the signal for a retreat, the tradition being to use different drum rhythms to signify different activities, such as a charge or a retreat}
49. beat down,
a. to subdue; subject; overcome.
b. to suppress or override (opposition, etc.)
c. to secure a lower price from by haggling.
50. beat hollow, Colloquial to have an emphatic win over.
51. beat it, Colloquial to go away; depart.
52. beat off,
a. to repulse; thrust aside.
b. Colloquial (taboo) to masturbate.
53. beat out,
a. to hammer (metal) thin; flatten.
b. to forge or make by repeated blows.
c. to put out (a fire) by beating it: to beat out the flame.
d. to mark out (a rhythm) with the hand.
54. beat the bounds,
a. (formerly, in Britain) to define the boundaries (of a parish) by striking the ground with rods, or some other method.
b. to delimit or define the scope, as of a topic, argument, or the like.
55. beat the count, Boxing to rise from the floor of the ring before the referee has counted ten.
56. beat the drum,
a. to promote a cause, etc., with fervour.
b. to present one's case in an unwarrantedly emphatic and longwinded fashion.
57. beat the gun,
a. (of a competitor in a race) to begin before the starting gun has fired.
b. Colloquial to begin prematurely; be overeager.
58. beat them off with a stick, Colloquial to be swamped by enthusiastic offers and admiring attention.
59. beat the punch, Boxing to strike an opponent before he or she can land a blow.
60. beat up,
a. to assault (someone).
b. to damage (something).
c. Journalism to exaggerate (a story).
61. beat up on, Colloquial to berate as being at fault.
{Middle English bete(n), Old English bēatan}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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