• Si Beat a Retreat 171
    Si Beat a Retreat 171
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n beating the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
    • n beating the act of overcoming or outdoing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

We beat Andover We beat Andover
Bruin Gets a Beating Bruin Gets a Beating

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Women hearts beat faster than men
    • Beating Pulsation; throbbing; as, the beating of the heart.
    • Beating (Acoustics & Mus) Pulsative sounds. See Beat n.
    • Beating The act of striking or giving blows; punishment or chastisement by blows.
    • Beating (Naut) The process of sailing against the wind by tacks in zigzag direction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Gorillas beat their chests when they get nervous.
    • n beating The act of striking, or operating by blows; any process of working by percussion. Specifically— A process in the dressing of flax and hemp by which they are made soft and pliable. The process of hammering gold and silver into leaf. The sheets are placed between pieces of parchment, and hammered on a marble block. In bookbinding, the process of flatting out with a hammer the leaves of a book which have been badly pressed, or which have been buckled or twisted by bad sewing or uneven dampening.
    • n beating Punishment or chastisement by blows; a flogging.
    • n beating The state of being beaten or out-done; a defeat.
    • n beating Regular pulsation or throbbing.
    • n beating In music, same as beat, 7 : but in this form more frequently applied to the beats of the strings of a piano or the pipes of an organ.
    • n beating Nautical, the act of advancing in a zigzag line against the wind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day
    • Beating the act of striking: chastisement by blows: regular pulsation or throbbing: rousing of game: exercising the brain
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  • Alexander Pope
    “You beat your Pate, and fancy Wit will come: Knock as you please, there's no body at home.”
  • Robert Holden
    Robert Holden
    “Laughter is the best way to make somebody's heart beat.”
  • Abigail Van Buren
    Abigail Van Buren
    “True, a little learning is a dangerous thing, but it still beats total ignorance.”
  • Joe Louis
    Joe Louis
    “Every man's got to figure to get beat sometime.”
  • Richard Crawshaw
    Richard Crawshaw
    “Love touched her heart, and lo! It beats high, and burns with such brave hearts.”
  • Irish Proverb
    Irish Proverb
    “Good luck beats early rising.”


Beat about the bush - If someone doesn't say clearly what they mean and try to make it hard to understand, they are beating about (around) the bush.
Beat someone to the draw - (USA) If you beat someone to the draw, you do something before they do.
Beat swords into ploughshares - If people beat swords into ploughshares, they spend money on humanitarian purposes rather than weapons. (The American English spelling is 'plowshares')
Beat the daylights out of someone - If someone beats the daylights out of another person, they hit them repeatedly. ('Knock' can also be used and it can be made even stronger by saying 'the living daylights'.)
Beat the rap - If you beat the rap, you escape conviction and punishment for a crime or something you have done wrong.
Beat the tar out of - When you want to beat the tar out of someone, you want to beat them up badly.
Beat them at their own game - If you beat someone at their own game, you use your enemy's tactics or tricks in order to win.
Beat to the punch - If you beat someone to the punch, you act before them and gain an advantage.
Beat your brains out - If you beat your brains out, you think hard about something but cannot solve, understand or remember it.
Beating a dead horse - (USA) If someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they're beating a dead horse. This is used when someone is trying to raise interest in an issue that no-one supports anymore; beating a dead horse will not make it do any more work.
Heart misses a beat - If your heart misses a beat, you are suddenly shocked or surprised. ('Heart skips a beat' is an alternative)
March to the beat of your own drum - If people march to the beat of their own drum, they do things the way they want without taking other people into consideration.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. béatan, pa.t. béot.


In literature:

The feeble throb of the pulse was visibly beating at the woman's temples.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Beat well the whites of 4 eggs, beat the yolks, then beat them together.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Beat whites of eggs to a stiff froth and add three tablespoonfuls powdered sugar, beating all the while.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
It was young summer now, and she answered back every pulse of the stirring earth with heart-beats of her own.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
My heart beat against my side, I could not take my eyes off the old man.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
I heard the bugles blowing, the fife beat, the drums beat, and the cannons roar.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Many a feller gits beat 'cause he don't wait for the other to beat hisself.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
She asked him if he thought his cat would sell for as much money as would buy a stick to beat him.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
When he counted up the odds against Pete's return, his pulse beat quick.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Four powerful warriors, naked except for the breech clout, were beating incessantly and monotonously upon the Indian drums.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

No more the Native Poet
Need wildly beat his head
For lofty lyric measures
To buy him beer and bed.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley
A pearl-foam at his feet
The waters leap and fall;
The sentry treads his beat
Upon the sun-girt wall.
"Alcatraz" by Ina Donna Coolbrith
I paced upon my beat
With steady step and slow,
All huppandownd of Ranelagh Street:
Ran'lagh St. Pimlico.
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
God bless the sea-beat island!
And grant forevermore,
That charity and freedom dwell
As now upon her shore!
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I see the crowds for ever
Go by with hurrying feet;
Through doors that darken never
I hear the engines beat.
"The City (2)" by Archibald Lampman
What need to ask when vein
Has felt the burning claws
Slash open so that pain
Beats where the heart once was?
"Fait Accompli" by Vassar Miller

In news:

Gap, surged 11 percent to $21.52 after forecasting earnings that beat analysts' estimates.
The Beat of the 'Bandstand.
Marching bands, jazz bands, gypsy music, random instrumental and a few boppin\' beats.
The Beat of the ' Bandstand .
Mariners Bang Out 14 Hits to Beat Rockies, 10-3.
Tune in to Beat Box radio for the Latest Underground, Local and International Hip Hop along with some Hip Hop Classics.
Uffie's 2006 novelty hit "Pop the Glock" was the essence of dumb hot, marrying her sexy riffs on Audio Two's "Top Billin'" with boyfriend Feadz's lissome, dripping beat.
One of the Fullerton city councilmen recalled last June in the wake of the Kelly Thomas beating is running for office once again.
The super bantamweight world champion from Hawaiian Gardens was given another tough assignment Saturday - track down and beat a slick southpaw who runs and moves with regularity.
Central Michigan beat writer says Chippewas' winning streak in Mt Pleasant will continue.
Northern Illinois beat writer says QB Jordan Lynch is a complete quarterback.
UMass beat writer says Minutemen will get their first win Saturday.
Toledo football beat writer says Broncos can take advantage of Rockets' struggling secondary.
Rozay stays not getting it, cribbing a Jay-Z line because he can, jackin' Chicago beats because he's supposed to.
"Irish Mickey" Doyle, who took a beating in his first " barbed wire death match" Saturday night in Aurora, didn't rule out another return to the pro wrestling ring.

In science:

Although the Dolinar’s concept has been demonstrated recently , it is still challenging to experimentally beat the homodyne limit with this approach because of its complicated system.
Discrimination of the binary coherent signal: Gaussian-operation limit and simple non-Gaussian near-optimal receivers
Our attosecond pulses were characterized using the RABITT method (Reconstruction of Attosecond Beating by Interferences of Two-photon Transitions) .
Macroscopic effects in attosecond pulse generation
At unitarity and on the BEC side of the resonance one clearly observes the hydrodynamic oscillation, while when a becomes negative and small the beating between the frequencies ω± = |ωx ± ωy | reveals the transition to the normal collisionless regime.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
On the other hand, the oscillation amplitude of the torque induced by RWIs remains relatively constant, it is possible that as the planet moves closer to the host star a turning point may eventually appear, where the RWI-induced torque beats over the Lindblad torque.
Disk-Planet Interaction Simulations: (I) Baroclinic Generation of Vortensity and Non-Axisymmetric Rossby-Wave-Instability
However, some local algorithms were found to easily beat the threshold (see for SAT and for COL).
Phase Transitions and Computational Difficulty in Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems