to defeat sb in a game or competition
He beat me at chess.
Their recent wins have proved they're still the ones to beat (= the most difficult team to beat) .
to get control of sth
The government's main aim is to beat inflation.
be too difficult
to be too difficult for sb
a problem that beats even the experts
It beats me (= I don't know) why he did it.
What beats me is how it was done so quickly (= I don't understand how) .
to do or be better than sth
Nothing beats home cooking.
You can't beat Italian shoes.
They want to beat the speed record (= go faster than anyone before) .
to avoid sth
If we go early we should beat the traffic.
We were up and off early to beat the heat .
to hit sb/sth many times, usually very hard
Somebody was beating at the door.
Hailstones beat against the window.
Someone was beating a drum.
She was beating dust out of the carpet (= removing dust from the carpet by beating it) .
An elderly man was found beaten to death .
At that time children were regularly beaten for quite minor offences (= a punishment) .
They beat him unconscious (= hit him until he became unconscious) .
to make, or cause sth to make, a regular sound or movement
She's alive─her heart is still beating .
We heard the drums beating .
The bird was beating its wings (= moving them up and down) frantically.
to mix sth with short quick movements with a fork, etc.
Beat the eggs up to a frothy consistency.
Beat the flour and milk together.
to change the shape of sth, especially metal, by hitting it with a hammer , etc.
The gold is beaten out into thin strips.
The metal had been beaten flat.
to make a path, etc. by walking somewhere or by pressing branches down and walking over them
a well-beaten track (= one that has been worn hard by much use)
The hunters beat a path through the undergrowth.
to talk about sth for a long time without coming to the main point
Stop beating about the bush and tell me what you want.
to defeat or do better than sb in an activity which they have chosen or in which they think they are strong
to think very hard about sth for a long time
to show that you feel sorry about sth that you have done, especially in public and in an exaggerated way
to finish a task, race, etc. before a particular time
usually used in orders
to go away immediately
This is private land, so beat it!
if a lot of people beat a path to sb's door , they are all interested in sth that person has to sell, or can do or tell them
Top theatrical agents are beating a path to the teenager's door.
to escape without being punished
to go away or back quickly, especially to avoid sth unpleasant
to mark or follow the rhythm of music, by waving a stick, tapping your foot, etc.
She beat time with her fingers.
to get or do sth before sb else can
used to express surprise or anger
if you cannot defeat sb or be as successful as they are, then it is more sensible to join them in what they are doing and perhaps get some advantage for yourself by doing so
far away from other people, houses, etc.
They live miles off the beaten track.
a fact, an argument, etc. that is used in order to blame or punish sb
to be difficult to beat
That score is going to take some beating.
For sheer luxury, this hotel takes some beating.
(to hit sb until they are) covered with bruises (= blue, brown or purple marks on the body)
to hit sb very hard several times and hurt them very much
to speak with enthusiasm in support of sb/sth
to hit a door, etc. many times until it breaks open
if the sun beats down it shines with great heat
to persuade sb to reduce the price at which they are selling sth
他那辆汽车要价8 000元，但我压到了6 000元。
He wanted $8 000 for the car but I beat him down to $6 000.
I beat down the price to $6 000.
to force sb/sth back or away by fighting
The attacker was beaten off.
She beat off a challenge to her leadership.
to produce a rhythm by hitting sth many times
to put a fire out by beating
We beat the flames out.
to remove sth by hitting it with a hammer , etc.
They can beat out the dent in the car's wing.
to cheat sb by taking sth from them
Her brother beat her out of $200.
to get somewhere or do sth before sb else
She beat me to the top of the hill.
I was about to take the last cake, but he beat me to it.
to hit or kick sb hard, many times
He was badly beaten up by a gang of thugs.
to hit sb hard, especially sb who is young or weak
I've heard people say he used to beat up on his wife.
to blame yourself too much for sth
Look, there's no need to beat yourself up over this.
a single blow to sth, such as a drum, or a movement of sth, such as your heart; the sound that this makes
several loud beats on the drum
His heart missed a beat when he saw her.
a series of regular blows to sth, such as a drum; the sound that this makes
the steady beat of the drums
the main rhythm, or a unit of rhythm, in a piece of music, a poem, etc.
This type of music has a strong beat to it.
The piece has four beats to the bar.
of police officer
the area which a police officer walks around regularly and which he or she is responsible for
More police officers out on the beat may help to cut crime.
of police officers
to walk around the area that they are responsible for
All these words mean to hit sb/sth many times, especially hard.
to hit sb/sth a lot of times, especially very hard
Someone was beating at the door.
A young man was found beaten to death last night.
At that time, children were often beaten for quite minor offences (= as a punishment) .
to hit sb/sth hard a lot of times, especially in a way that causes serious damage
He had been badly battered around the head and face.
Severe winds have been battering the coast.
to hit sb/sth hard a lot of times, especially in a way that makes a lot of noise
Heavy rain pounded on the roof.
to hit sb/sth a lot of times, especially with your fists (= tightly closed hands)
to hit sb/sth with a lot of force
The rain lashed at the window.
The subject of lash is often rain , wind , hail , sea or waves .
to hit sb/sth hard a lot of times, in a way that is noisy or violent
He hammered the door with his fists.
pound or hammer?
There is not much difference in meaning between these two, but to pound is sometimes a steadier action. To hammer can be more violent and it is often used figuratively.
the act of beating to windward;sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
a stroke or blow
- the signal was two beats on the steam pipe
a regular rate of repetition
- the cox raised the beat
the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
- the piece has a fast rhythm
- the conductor set the beat
近义词: rhythm,musical rhythm
(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
the sound of stroke or blow
- he heard the beat of a drum
the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
- he could feel the beat of her heart
a regular route for a sentry or policeman
- in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name
a member of the beat generation;a nonconformist in dress and behavior
a single pulsation of an oscillation produced by adding two waves of different frequencies;has a frequency equal to the difference between the two oscillations
wear out completely
- This kind of work exhausts me
- I'm beat
- He was all washed up after the exam
近义词: exhaust,wash up,tucker,tucker out
be a mystery or bewildering to
- This beats me!
- Got me--I don't know the answer!
- a vexing problem
- This question really stuck me
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
- Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
- We beat the competition
- Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game
近义词: beat out,crush,shell,trounce,vanquish
beat through cleverness and wit
- I beat the traffic
- She outfoxed her competitors
give a beating to;subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
- Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night
- The teacher used to beat the students
近义词: beat up,work over
- beat on the door
- beat the table with his shoe
strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music
- beat one's breast
- beat one's foot rhythmically
- beat the egg whites
- beat the cream
shape by beating
- beat swords into ploughshares
produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
- beat the drum
make by pounding or trampling
- beat a path through the forest
move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
- the city pulsated with music and excitement
- Her heart was beating fast
indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
- Beat the rhythm
sail with much tacking or with difficulty
- The boat beat in the strong wind
move with a flapping motion
- The bird's wings were flapping
move with a thrashing motion
- The bird flapped its wings
- The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky
glare or strike with great intensity
- The sun was beating down on us
make a rhythmic sound
- Rain drummed against the windshield
- The drums beat all night
make a sound like a clock or a timer
- the clocks were ticking
- the grandfather clock beat midnight
- beat the subway fare
- Reading beats watching television
- This sure beats work!