beat a retreat


beat a retreat
verb
depart hastily
Hypernyms: ↑depart, ↑take leave, ↑quit
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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phrasal
: to retreat or retire often in haste or with loss of dignity

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beat a retreat
1. To retreat, orig to beat the drum as a signal for retreat (beat the retreat to perform the military ceremony (beating the retreat) consisting of marching and military music usu performed at dusk, orig marking the recall of troops to their quarters)
2. To go away in a hurry, esp to avoid punishment or unpleasantness
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Main Entry:beat

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I beat a (hasty) retreat
withdraw, typically in order to avoid something unpleasant

as the bombs started to go off, they beat a hasty retreat across the field

II
see beat

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beat a retreat
: to leave quickly

A group of teenagers was causing trouble, but they beat a hasty retreat when the cops arrived.

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Main Entry:beat

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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