beat the retreat

beat the retreat
beat the retreat see ↑beat a retreat above.
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  • beat the retreat — Meaning Rapidly withdraw from something. Origin From the early military practise of warning soldiers to withdraw by beating drums …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • beat a retreat — verb depart hastily • Hypernyms: ↑depart, ↑take leave, ↑quit • Verb Frames: Somebody s * * * phrasal : to retreat or retire often in haste or with loss of dignity * * * beat a retreat …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 — beat a (hasty) retreat to quickly leave. When the cold grows overwhelming, visitors can beat a retreat to Joe Mulligan s warm bar and restaurant. Etymology: based on the military meaning of beat a retreat (= to drum a signal to soldiers that they …   New idioms 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 — 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 coming. Compare …   Словарь американских идиом

  • beat a retreat — to leave a place because it is dangerous or unpleasant. When the cold grows overwhelming, visitors can beat a retreat to Joe Mulligan s warm saloon. When we saw the police arriving we beat a hasty retreat …   New idioms dictionary

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

  • To beat the dust — Beat Beat (b[=e]t), v. t. [imp. {Beat}; p. p. {Beat}, {Beaten}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beating}.] [OE. beaten, beten, AS. be[ a]tan; akin to Icel. bauta, OHG. b[=o]zan. Cf. 1st {Butt}, {Button}.] 1. To strike repeatedly; to lay repeated blows upon; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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