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Synonyms for beat

beat it

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beat someone up

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beat something out

beat yourself up

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to punish with blows or lashes

to move (one's arms or wings, for example) up and down

to indicate (time or rhythm), as with repeated gestures or sounds

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to make rhythmic contractions, sounds, or movements

to shape, break, or flatten with repeated blows

to mix rapidly to a frothy consistency

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to win a victory over, as in battle or a competition

to make incapable of finding something to think, do, or say

beat down: to be projected with blinding intensity

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beat off: to turn or drive away

a stroke or blow, especially one that produces a sound

a periodic contraction or sound of something coursing

the patterned, recurring alternation of contrasting elements, such as stressed and unstressed notes in music

an area regularly covered, as by a policeman or reporter

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a regular route for a sentry or policeman

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the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart

the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music

a single pulsation of an oscillation produced by adding two waves of different frequencies

a member of the beat generation

the sound of stroke or blow

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a regular rate of repetition

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a stroke or blow

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the act of beating to windward

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shape by beating

make a rhythmic sound

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glare or strike with great intensity

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move with a thrashing motion

sail with much tacking or with difficulty

strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music

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be superior

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avoid paying

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make a sound like a clock or a timer

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move with a flapping motion

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indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks

move with or as if with a regular alternating motion

make by pounding or trampling

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produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly

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strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting

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very tired

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They said they were not only beating the bushes harder but were also trying to beat more of them to keep their businesses moving forward.
Everybody's been beating the bushes to get funding," says Rob Flynn, spokesman for MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, which has been negotiating with the Times to put together the PBS show.
As they return bearing their human cargo, they cross paths with the recruiters from Britain, who are beating the bushes for teachers here in America.
Save a River by Beating the Bushes Casey and Pam Leydon and their two sons, Sam and Pete, are trying to save Florida's spring-fed Ichetucknee River.
Imperato is beating the bushes in an attempt to garnish money and has found some.
So if Ron Harris is as canny an entrepreneur as he seems to be, he should start beating the bushes for women of child-bearing age who have made a fortune trading stocks, and persuade them to auction their eggs.
She estimates that in Hawaii, fundraisers are currently beating the bushes for around $75 million for capital drives (a huge decrease from the $265 million fundraisers were after in 1997).
For over five years the Toronto filmmaker has been beating the bushes in that huge, uncharted terrain of the Canadian collective unconscious, uncovering, even inventing,
Coming at a time when employers are beating the bushes for new workers, to say that this decline is puzzling is an understatement.
We would rather be dedicated to our clients' constant compliance health than be out there beating the bushes or giving speeches.
So Smith got a lawyer for the paperwork with the Manitoba Securities Commission and started beating the bushes for investors on his own - friends, relatives, and business associates.