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To strike physically or violently
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“We do not beat our kids but we find other ways to discipline them when necessary.”
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To defeat, or be better than, someone or something
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“He wants to work harder to beat his own record next year.”
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To form or forge with a hammer
“Knowing their ability to beat metal into a variety of different shapes, he began by flattering them.”
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To beat or throb in a rhythmic manner
“Gina felt her heart begin to beat quickly from her excitement.”
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To stir or whisk vigorously
Beat the potatoes with the butter until they reach a smooth but firm consistency.”
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(usually "beats") To confound or perplex someone
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“It beats me how this could possibly have happened.”
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To strike repeatedly at or on a musical instrument
“Natives would traditionally beat their drums to drive off evil spirits.”
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(of waves) To break or move against
“The waves continued to beat all along the shore.”
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(of a bird) To fly making rhythmic wing movements
“The crow remained still until it suddenly beat its wings.”
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To force a path through
“He would beat a path through the clumps of bushes.”
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To avoid or circumvent (a rule, obstacle or problem)
“You can beat the system, but you can't beat the house.”
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To frustrate or prevent (someone) from achieving an aim
“I have a plan to beat him at his own game.”
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To shine with a bright, harsh light
“The tropical sun would beat down on us without mercy.”
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To crush into fine particles
“Years of pounding would beat the rocks into a fine dust.”
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To have been superior against one's peers
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To have achieved victory over
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To crush into a soft, wet, shapeless, and pulpy mass
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To frustrate or prevent (someone) from achieving an aim
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To cheat, deceive or defraud someone for personal gain
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To best an opponent by thinking
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Knock the daylight out of
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Make (meat) more tender by beating or slow cooking
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To shine brightly, especially with a harsh light
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To rain heavily
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To move somewhere in a slow and steady way
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Be comparable to in quality or excellence
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To overcome any difficulties presented by
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To fasten with a nail or nails
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To get the better of
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To make a series of changes of course while sailing
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Cause to bubble
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Make weary
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To reprimand (someone) severely
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To make emotionally sad or depressed
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To harass or annoy (someone) persistently
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Prove more powerful or superior
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Search madly for
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Give or cause to give a short, sudden jerking or convulsive movement
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Break or fall apart into small fragments, especially as part of a process of deterioration
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To disconcert someone with an unblinking face-to-face confrontation
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Search carefully and systematically
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Make uniform or similar
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To produce or develop, especially through effort
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To bite or chew with a noisy crushing sound
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Walk with heavy, forceful steps
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Speak or act in opposition to
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A hard strike or hit
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“Jack delivered a thumping beat to the punching bag.”
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A pulsation of the heart
“My heart skipped a beat when I realized that I would finally be meeting her.”
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A strong rhythm in popular music
“This hip-hop song has a good beat to dance to.”
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The sound made when something, especially a musical instrument, is struck
“His body would instinctively move to the beat of the drums.”
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A very short period of time
“Within a beat, he was on the train headed home.”
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An area allocated to a police officer and patrolled on foot
“Policemen on the beat are a regular sight in the community.”
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A trip or a set amount of traveling
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Applications of accent
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Gingerbread office
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An expedition to keep watch over an area, especially by guards or police walking or driving around at regular intervals
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A regular short, sharp sound, especially that made by a clock or watch