Synonyms of 'beat'
to strike with a series of violent blowsHe lost the boxing match and was badly beaten by his opponent.
He listened to the waves breaking against the shore.
She hit him hard across his left arm.
He was mucking around and he knocked her in the stomach.
After punching him on the chin, she hit him over the head.
belt (informal), ,
Is it true that she belted old George in the stomach?
deck (slang), ,
bash (informal), ,
My mother bashed her shin with a suitcase.
They snatched up whips and lashed the backs of those who had fallen.
chin (slang), , ,
He was thrashed with a cane until his skin turned red.
He thumped me, nearly knocking me over.
lick (informal), ,
The officer clouted him on the head.
Flog them soundly!
Someone whacked him on the head.
The troops were severely mauled before evacuating the island.
She clobbered him with a vase.
wallop (informal), ,
She walloped me over the head with a cushion.
He was beaten, cudgelled, and subjected to various dangers.
He just thwacked me on the back of the head with a ruler.
lay one on (slang), ,
I'll tan his backside for him.
beat or knock seven bells out of (informal)
to strike with a series of violent blowsThe rain was beating on the window pains.
to throb rhythmicallyI felt my heart beat faster.
His head throbbed.
Her feet pulsed with pain.
My heart was thumping wildly.
He began to tremble all over.
I'm sweating and my heart is pounding.
Her shoulders quaked.
His bottom lip quivered and big tears rolled down his cheeks.
The noise vibrated through the whole house.
The racing beat of her heart pulsated under my fingertips.
His whole body was palpitating with fear.
to produce (a sound) by striking a drumWhen you beat the drum, you feel good.
to stir or whisk vigorouslyBeat the eggs and sugar until they start to thicken.
to move (wings) up and downIts wings beat slowly.
to overcome or defeatHe was easily beaten into third place.
His guerrillas defeated the colonial army.
Australia trounced France by sixty points to four.
the satisfaction of overcoming a rival
She needs to master her fears of becoming ill.
The military operation was the first step in a plan to crush the uprising.
One massive assault would overwhelm the weakened enemy.
a Navajo myth about a great warrior who conquers the spiritual enemies of his people
lick (informal), ,
He might be able to lick us all in a fair fight.
They admit they have not been able to subdue the rebels.
Few dancers have excelled her in virtuosity.
Britain's tennis No.1 yesterday overpowered his American rival.
In pursuing her ambition she outstripped everyone else.
a happy ending in which the hero vanquishes the monsters
Their costly attempt to subjugate the citizens lasted 10 years.
run rings around (informal),
wipe the floor with (informal),
knock spots off (informal),
make mincemeat of (informal),
pip at the post, ,
blow out of the water (slang),
put in the shade (informal),
bring to their knees
to arrive, achieve, or finish before (someone or something)He was as eager as his captain to beat the record.
His performance exceeded all expectations.
How are you ever going to top that?
He always has to cap everyone else's achievements.
The gramophone was eclipsed by the compact disc.
He was determined to surpass the achievements of his older brothers.
issues like EU membership that transcend party loyalty
Both sides have tried to outdo each other.
go one better than (informal),
put in the shade
to shape (metal) by repeated blows
Like it or not, our families shape our lives.
Work the dough with your hands until it is very smooth.
The bowl was formed out of clay.
Sometimes she carved wood or modelled clay.
The desk was fashioned out of oak.
The barrels are hammered from cold steel.
To forge a blade takes great skill.
the rhythmic beat of the surf
a regular throbHe could hear the beat of his heart.
the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of musicthe dance beats of the last two decades
His music fused the rhythms of jazz and classical music.
measure (prosody), , , , , , ,
Elgar supplied his work with precise indications of tempo.
There was a sudden shift in the cadence of the music.
Her voice has a West Country lilt.
an assigned route, as of a police officerI was a relatively new PC on the beat, stationed in Hendon.
the most direct route to the town centre
Can you tell me the way to the station?
For nearly four hours we maintained our course northwards.
A group of reporters blocked his path.
The tornado wrecked everything in its path.
I get asked this question a lot when I'm on the lecture circuit.
He went off to hospital after a blow to the face.
hit, , , ,
a hit on the head
He's asking for a punch on the nose.
He gave me a belt over the head with a scrubbing brush.
He reached forward and gave me a slap.
They sentenced him to five lashes for stealing a ham from his neighbour.
He felt a thump on his shoulder.
She was too exhausted even to think clearly.
He is tired and he has to rest after his long trip.
How long have you been feeling fatigued?
wiped out (informal), ,
worn out, , ,
I was exhausted – worn out by the strain I'd been under.
shagged out (British, slang),
on your last legs
See beat it
See beat someone up
See beat yourself up
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in the sense of accent
the stress on a syllable or musical noteTalk very fast and put an accent on every third word.
in the sense of agitate
to shake or stir (a liquid)Gently agitate the water with a paintbrush.
in the sense of bang
to hit or knock, esp. with a loud noiseWe could bang on the desks and shout until they let us out.
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