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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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I replied, quickly gathering up my tools and trying to beat a hasty retreat from the room.
And what everyone is dying to know is how is Anakin Skywalker finally drawn to the Dark Side, how does Amidala hide the birth of her two children (Luke and Leia) and what makes Yoda beat a hasty retreat to Dagobah?
Caouette's father beat a hasty retreat (like much in the movie, their reunion some quarter century later is poignant tragicomedy), leaving the boy at the abusive mercies of foster parents and, later, his wacky grandfolk.
Similarly, when the Orwellian nature of the so-called Total Information Awareness (TIA) program was exposed, the Bush administration beat a hasty retreat and pulled many of the TIA pages from the Department of Defense website.
The Highlanders regiment beat a hasty retreat after the band's lawyers ordered them to remove the songs Wonderwall and Hello from the soundtrack or face legal action.
Sometimes the confusion even causes parents to beat a hasty retreat by forestalling the decision and not sending the child to camp in the intended year.
Ultimately realizing which one was smarter, tougher and better armed, the burglar beat a hasty retreat, slamming the door on Big Bird and fleeing empty-handed.
With the nation's (and his own) manhood at stake, Clinton beat a hasty retreat from the whole issue and hasn't dared mention gays in public since.

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