ADJ. regular, rhythmic, steady | pounding
VERB + BEAT clap to, dance to, sway to They danced to the rhythmic beat of the music.
PHRASES two, three, four, etc. beats to the bar The piece has four beats to the bar. | sb's heart misses/skips a beat (= sb feels very nervous) As I opened the letter, my heart missed a beat.
2 of a police officer
VERB + BEAT pound, walk We have two officers walking the beat after midnight.
PREP. on the ~ officers on the beat
1 in a game
ADV. comfortably, comprehensively, convincingly, easily, hands down, soundly He beat her hands down. | narrowly He was narrowly beaten by his opponent.
PREP. at She beat him at chess. | by beating her by just three points
PHRASES beat sb into second, third, etc. place He was beaten into second place by the American.
2 hit sb
ADV. badly, brutally, savagely, severely, violently
PREP. with She was beaten with a metal bar.
PHRASES beat sb about/over the head He had been beaten about the head with a rock. | beat sb to death, beat sb unconscious
4 of heart/wings
ADV. fast, frantically, painfully, rapidly, wildly I could feel my heart beating wildly.
ADV. thoroughly, well Beat the mixture well, until it is light and creamy. | lightly Add three eggs, lightly beaten. PHRASAL VERBS beat down
ADV. mercilessly, relentlessly
PREP. on/upon The African sun beat relentlessly down on his aching head.