beat out

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "beat out":
present tense I/you/we/they beat out he/she/it beats out present participle beating out past tense beat out past participle beaten out
1) to stop a fire from burning by hitting it with something

She beat out the flames with a branch.

2) to make a pattern of sounds by hitting an instrument or other object

drummers beating out a rhythm

3) beat something out of someone to make someone tell you something by hitting them

He claims that the confession was beaten out of him.

4) American informal to succeed in winning or gaining something that someone else wants

Atlanta beat out Athens for the privilege of hosting the 1996 Olympics.


English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(by hammering), / , , , / , (with fatigue)


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