: to strike repeatedly:
: to hit repeatedly so as to inflict pain
—often used with up
- He was arrested for beating his wife.
- … thugs and brutes who beat up their victims without compunction …
- —J. H. Plumb
: to walk on : tread
- beat the pavement looking for work
: to strike directly against forcefully and repeatedly : dash against
- beat the door with her fists
: to flap or thrash at vigorously
- a trapped bird beating the air
: to strike at in order to rouse game ;
: to range over in or as if in quest of game
- … beat the woods and rouse the bounding prey …
- —Matthew Prior
: to mix by stirring : whip
—often used with up
: to strike repeatedly in order to produce music or a signal
: to drive or force by blows
: to pound into a powder, paste, or pulp
: to make by repeated treading or driving over
- beat a path through the woods
: to dislodge by repeated hitting
- beat dust from the carpet
: to lodge securely by repeated striking
- beat a stake into the ground
: to shape by beating
: to flatten thin by blows
- beat swords into plowshares
: to sound or express especially by drumbeat
- beating out a rhythm on the conga
: to cause to strike or flap repeatedly
: overcome, defeat
- beat the insurgents in a bloody battle
- beating your opponent in chess
—often used with out
- She beat the old record by three seconds.
- Someone else beat her out for the job.
: to leave dispirited, irresolute, or hopeless
- Years of failure had beaten him down.
5 a (1)
: to act ahead of usually so as to forestall
- I was going to make the suggestion, but she beat me to it.
: to report a news item in advance of
: to come or arrive before
- I beat him to the finish line.
: to outmaneuver (a defender) and get free
- The player attempts to beat the defender and score.
: to score against (a goalkeeper)
: to produce (music or a signal) by striking something repeatedly : to indicate by beating
: to become forcefully propelled forward : dash
- waves beating against the shore
: to glare or strike with oppressive intensity
: to sustain distracting activity
- … the turbulence of the Renaissance … beating about his head …
- —Douglas Stewart
: to strike a drum repeatedly : to beat a drum
- The drummers kept beating.
: to sound upon being struck
- the sound of a beating drum
: to strike repeated blows
- … their air attack still beating upon us …
- —Sir Winston Churchill
: to strike the air : flap
- The bird's wings beat frantically.
: to strike bushes or other cover in order to rouse game;
: to range or scour for or as if for game
: to progress with much difficulty
: to sail to windward by a series of zigzag movements
beat about the bush
beat around the bush
: to fail or refuse to come to the point in discourse
- Stop beating around the bush and tell me what you want.
: to hurry away : scram
beat one's brains out
: to try intently to resolve something difficult by thinking
- I beat my brains out trying to figure it out.
beat the bushes
: to search thoroughly through all possible areas
beat the drum
: to proclaim as meritorious or significant : publicize vigorously
- beating the drum for their candidate
beat the pants off
: to defeat or surpass overwhelmingly
- We vowed to beat the pants off them next time.
beat the rap
: to escape or evade the penalties connected with an accusation or charge
beat up on
: to attack physically or verbally
- She was getting beat up on by her critics.
to beat the band
: in a very energetic or forceful manner
- talking away to beat the band