made/beat a hasty retreat

Definition of made/beat a hasty retreat

  1. :  to leave quickly He made/beat a hasty retreat when he realized he had entered the wrong office.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  fictitious, invented

    :  artificially produced

    :  put together of various ingredients

  1. :  to strike repeatedly:

    :  to hit repeatedly so as to inflict pain

    :  to walk on :  tread

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

    :  pulsation, tick

    :  a sound produced by or as if by beating (see 1beat)

  1. :  being in a state of exhaustion :  exhausted

    :  sapped of resolution or morale

    :  of, relating to, or being beatniks

  1. :  beatnik

  1. :  rapid in action or movement :  speedy

    :  done or made in a hurry

    :  fast and typically superficial

  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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to criticize severely

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