Synonyms and Antonyms of beating a retreat
to hasten away from something dangerous or frightening
- Seeing that they were hopelessly outnumbered, the troops beat a retreat.
bolting, breaking, bugging out, fleeing, flying, hightailing (it), retreating, running, running away, running off, skedaddling
absconding, clearing out, decamping, eloping, escaping, getting (away), getting out, lamming, lighting out, making off, mizzling [chiefly British], scarpering [British], scatting, scramming, skipping (out), skirring
bearding, braving, confronting, daring, defying, facing
abiding, dwelling, hanging around, lingering, remaining, staying, sticking around, tarrying