beat·​er | \ ˈbē-tər How to pronounce beater (audio) \

Definition of beater

1 : one that beats: such as
a : eggbeater
b : a rotary blade attached to an electric mixer
2 : one who strikes bushes or other cover to rouse game
3 : a dilapidated old automobile : clunker

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Synonyms for beater


clunker, crate, jalopy, junker

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Examples of beater in a Sentence

driving a rusty old beater he drives a beater that just barely runs

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In 2010, Izzo had one of his worst Final Four teams—the Spartans needed a buzzer-beater just to beat Maryland in the second round, and they were battered by injuries. Michael Rosenberg,, "The Big Ten's NCAA Championship Drought Is Confounding—Could This Be the Year it Ends?," 15 Mar. 2018 The Trojans, after absorbing and responding to every punch that came their way, were shattered by a buzzer-beater from Bedford North Lawrence senior McKenzie Messmore in Saturday’s Class 4A regional final at Columbus North. Tyler Fenwick, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA girls basketball: Center Grove's run ends on buzzer-beater," 10 Feb. 2018 Until then, 100 keepsake numbered units of the stand mixer with glass bowl and flex edge beater will be released exclusively on Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "KitchenAid’s New Queen of Hearts Mixer Is H-O-T," 28 Feb. 2019 Many of the students had experienced this exact type of euphoria before, back in 2016 when Villanova beat North Carolina on a breathtaking Kris Jenkins buzzer-beater. Erin Mccarthy,, "With another basketball championship, Villanova fans let loose," 3 Apr. 2018 Portland State, which beat Idaho 73-72 on a buzzer-beater in Moscow on Jan. 6, kept pace with the Vandals for most of the first half. Nick Daschel,, "Portland State's magical season is fading, as Vikings fall to Idaho 97-88," 2 Feb. 2018 Then came James' Game 3 buzzer-beater, which ripped Toronto's heart out after a valiant late-game rally. Chris Fedor,, "Cleveland Cavaliers give LeBron James plenty of help in four-game sweep of Toronto Raptors," 7 May 2018 SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt breaks down LeBron James' buzzer-beater that lifted the Cavs over the Raptors and the mistakes that doomed the 76ers against the Celtics. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Jrue and Lauren Holiday's baby is the best thing about the 2018 NBA Playoffs," 6 May 2018 Khris Middleton sent the game into overtime with a ridiculous buzzer beater to tie the game at 99. Charlotte Carroll,, "Watch: Bucks' Khris Middleton Hits Crazy Buzzer Beater to Send Celtics Game to Overtime," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of beater

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of beater

: a device or tool that is used for beating something
: someone who repeatedly hits another person
US, informal : an old car that is in poor condition

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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