beat a retreat


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Related to beat a retreat: beat out, beat the bushes
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Words related to beat a retreat

depart hastily

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At this moment Dick beat a retreat in a disarray of nerves, a whistling and clamour of his own arteries, and in short in such a final bodily disorder as made him alike incapable of speech or hearing.
My advice is this," said Monsieur d'Arminges, "and if needs be, my will, that we beat a retreat.
At length, obliged to beat a retreat before superior numbers, they formed an intrenchment behind the large table, which they raised by main force; whilst the two others, arming themselves each with a trestle, and using it like a great sledge-hammer, knocked down at a blow eight sailors upon whose heads they had brought their monstrous catapult in play.
Lop-Ear, who was more cautious by far than I, beat a retreat, nor could I persuade him to return.
And White Fang, resurrecting quite a deal of the old awe, seemed to wilt and to shrink in upon himself and grow small, as he cast about in his mind for a way to beat a retreat not too inglorious.