Definition of Beat out

1. Verb. Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict. "The fighter managed to beat out his opponent"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

2. Verb. Beat out a rhythm.
Exact synonyms: Tap Out, Thump Out
Generic synonyms: Beat

Definition of Beat out

1. Verb. To sound a rhythm on a percussion instrument such as a drum. ¹

2. Verb. To extinguish ¹

3. Verb. (American English) to win by a narrow margin. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Beat Out

beat around the bush
beat back
beat cop
beat down
beat downs
beat feet
beat generation
beat in
beat level
beat levels
beat one's brain
beat one's head against a stone wall
beat out (current term)
beat parry
beat somebody to the punch
beat someone's brains out
beat the meat
beat the rap
beat the stuffing out of
beat to a pulp
beat to quarters
beat up

Literary usage of Beat out

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books by John Milton (1750)
"... 445 That beat out life j he fell, and deadly pale Groan'd out his foul with ... beat out ..."

2. The History of the Rise, Increase, and Progress of the Christian People by William Sewel (1844)
"... I am sorry that your zeal surpasseth your moderation, and that a club must beat out of you what the devil hath inspired.' And this was because Clark had ..."

3. Life in Brazil by Thomas Ewbank (1856)
"Ten Days' Sail: beat out.—New Sensations.—Captain in Costume.—A Gale. ... After two unsuccessful attempts, we at last beat out, and by 5 P. II. the forts ..."

4. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1809)
"Several other pannels were beat out, and particularly one of nine feet high, and three feet broad, was beat out fo to as te have the infide turned outward, ..."

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