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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 were beating the bushes for $8 million to $10 million, now suddenly they appear ready to settle for as little as $3 million," said Jan Castro, Managing Director of Pala Investments AG, advisor to Pala.
Cash is rolling in, and companies are reinvesting and beating the bushes for talent.
Instead of blaming conservatives for the problem, Irving Leemon should be either beefing up the liberal shows for ratings or beating the bushes for liberal sponsors who don't care about ratings.
Matear's Timmins-based non-profit technology group has been beating the bushes for grassroots support for more than a year in its.
BIRDERS FLOCK TO SEE GROSBEAK: Bird lovers in southern Oregon have been beating the bushes with their binoculars hoping to catch a glimpse of a rare rose-breasted grosbeak, which has been seen hanging around a Medford bird feeder since Saturday.
President and CEO commented, "We've been beating the bushes all around the Country, ISC has accompanied us on some of these trips.
Our investigators are out there beating the bushes right now,'' said Lt.
I've been beating the bushes, pounding the pavement looking for a job and worrying about paying the bills," Harold said.
He spent five years beating the bushes before ever setting foot in the major leagues, then shuttled back and forth for four more before gaining a foothold.