: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
- 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.
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