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beat a retreat

Definition of beat a retreat

  1. :  to leave quickly <A group of teenagers was causing trouble, but they beat a hasty retreat when the cops arrived.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to strike repeatedly:

    :  to walk on :  tread

    :  to strike directly against forcefully and repeatedly :  dash against

  1. :  a single stroke or blow especially in a series

    :  pulsation, tick

    :  a sound produced by or as if by beating

  1. :  being in a state of exhaustion :  exhausted

    :  sapped of resolution or morale

    :  of, relating to, or being beatniks

  1. :  beatnik

  1. :  an act or process of withdrawing especially from what is difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable

    :  the process of receding from a position or state attained

    :  the usually forced withdrawal of troops from an enemy or from an advanced position

  1. :  to make a retreat :  withdraw

    :  to slope backward

    :  to draw or lead back :  remove

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