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Related to beating the bushes: beat the pants off, pale in comparison, without a hitch

beat

(Defeat), verb be superior, be supreme, be victoriius over, bring to terms, checkmate, claim a victory, crush, dash, discomfit, excel, get the best of, get thebetter of, have the advantage, hold the advantage, lay waste, obtain a victory, outclass, outdo, outflank, outmaneuver, outpoint, outrange, outrival, overbear, overbid, overmaster, overmatch, overpower, override, overrake, overthrow, overtrump, overwhelm, predominate, preponderate, prevail over, put to rout, quell, ravage, repulse, rout, seize the advantage, subdue, subjugate, succeed in winning, superare, suppress, surmount, surpass, take precedence, thwart, trample upon, transcend, triumph over, undo, upset, vanquish, vincere, win the battle

beat

(Pulsate), verb alternate, come and go, convulse, ebb and flow, falter, flicker, flitter, fluctuate, flutter, move up and down, oscillate, palpitate, pass and repass, pendulate, pound, pulse, quake, quaver, quiver, reciprocate, seesaw, shake, shiver, shuffle, strike, sway, swing, teeter, throb, thump, toss, tremble, undulate, vacillate, vibrate, wave, waver, writhe

beat

(Strike), verb abuse, afflict, attack, baste, bastinado, batter, bruise, buffet, caedere, club, concuss, contund, cudgel, cuff, ferire, fight, flagellate, flail, flog, fustigate, give a blow, give a thrashing, hit, inflict, kick, knock down, lambaste, land a blow, lash, lunge at, maul, pelt, percutere, pound, pulsare, pummel, punch, punish, rap, slam, slap, slug, smack, smite, swing, thrash, thresh, trounce, verberare, whip
Associated concepts: assault, assault and battery, battery
See also: assault, attack, defeat, kill, lash, oscillate, outweigh, overcome, overwhelm, stress, strike, subdue, subjugate, surmount, surpass, territory, upset
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Communities and support agencies are out beating the bushes to find relief.
Guys were really beating the bushes a little harder this year with their marketing to get more U.
IN 2003, REAL ESTATE STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY of Southern California (USC) were beating the bushes for jobs.
The cop on the beat, the detective beating the bushes, relationships between people--these are the tried and true techniques of police work.
Parks officials and the Downtown Rotary Club are beating the bushes for donations to help build a large, imaginative play area in Skinner Butte Park near downtown and along the Willamette River.
Elsewhere, school systems are beating the bushes and lowering standards to find warm bodies to work as substitutes.
We have limited recourse other than beating the bushes out there to try and find better deals.
Currently, paper mills remain hungry for secondary fiber as a feedstock, and aggressive recyclers are beating the bushes to roust up the fiber they need.
But after 12 months of beating the bushes with a big stick, we have flushed out precious few terrorists.