Definition of 'beat a retreat'
Example sentences containing 'beat a retreat'
A couple of hours was usually enough, before they beat a retreat, back to where the closest they got to rough trade was the chauffeur.THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW (2001) LOVE YOU MADLY (2001)
He cleaved through the crowd so efficiently that, once she realized she was indeed his target, she didn't have time to beat a retreat.WHOLE SECRET LOVE (2001)
Definition of beat a retreat from the Collins English Dictionary
Protect yourself from online fraud
What to look out for to stay one step ahead of scammers
We take a look at the etymology behind the word 'election' in the run-up to the UK General Election in June
Language expert Ian Brookes looks at the word 'election' and its origins.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.