beat a retreat
phrasal to leave in haste

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • beat a retreat — beat a (hasty) retreat ► to decide not to continue with something that has become too difficult or not worth doing: »Most of the market beat a hasty retreat, investors being unimpressed by a volatile performance on Wall Street. beat a retreat… …   Financial and business terms

  • beat a retreat — index quit (evacuate) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • beat a retreat — {v. phr.} 1. To give a signal, esp. by beating a drum, to go back. * /The Redcoats drums were beating a retreat./ 2. To run away. * /They beat a retreat when they saw that they were too few./ * /The cat beat a hasty retreat when he saw the dog… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat a retreat — {v. phr.} 1. To give a signal, esp. by beating a drum, to go back. * /The Redcoats drums were beating a retreat./ 2. To run away. * /They beat a retreat when they saw that they were too few./ * /The cat beat a hasty retreat when he saw the dog… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat a retreat — verb To leave hastily in the face of opposition. See Also: beat to quarters …   Wiktionary

  • beat a hasty retreat — beat a (hasty) retreat ► to decide not to continue with something that has become too difficult or not worth doing: »Most of the market beat a hasty retreat, investors being unimpressed by a volatile performance on Wall Street. beat a retreat… …   Financial and business terms

  • beat — UK US /biːt/ verb [T] (beat, beaten, US also beat) ► to do better than someone or something: »Yesterday s close beat the record set Feb. 1. »With their lowest price guarantee, they will beat the price of a competitor s product by 10%. beat… …   Financial and business terms

  • beat — beatable, adj. /beet/, v., beat, beaten or beat, beating, n., adj. v.t. 1. to strike violently or forcefully and repeatedly. 2. to dash against: rain beating the trees. 3. to flutter, flap, or rotate in or against: beating the air with its wings …   Universalium

  • retreat — retreatal, adj. retreater, n. retreative, adj. /ri treet /, n. 1. the forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action. 2. the act of withdrawing, as into safety or… …   Universalium

  • beat it — verb /ˈbiˌdɪt/ a) To leave; to go away. b) To masturbate, usually a man of himself. Syn: beat a retreat, beat off …   Wiktionary

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