made/beat a hasty retreat

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of made/beat a hasty retreat

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

Word by Word Definitions

made play
  1. : fictitious, invented

  2. : artificially produced

  3. : put together of various ingredients

beat play
  1. : to strike repeatedly:

  2. : to hit repeatedly so as to inflict pain

  3. : to walk on : tread

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

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

  3. : a driving impact or force

  1. : being in a state of exhaustion : exhausted

  2. : sapped of resolution or morale

  3. : of, relating to, or being beatniks

  1. : beatnik

hasty play
  1. : rapid in action or movement : speedy

  2. : done or made in a hurry

  3. : fast and typically superficial

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

  2. : the process of receding from a position or state attained

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

  1. : to make a retreat : withdraw

  2. : to slope backward

  3. : to draw or lead back : remove


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