beat collocations and examples

 UK /biːt/

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1

defeat someone or do something better


Adverbs frequently used with beat
easily: comfortably, comprehensively, convincingly, decisively, easily, hands down, soundlySaudi Arabia was comprehensively beaten 4–0 by Ukraine.It beats any standard USB webcam hands down.

Usage note

Beat is very often passive in this meaning.

by a small margin: just, narrowlyThe total for last year was 195, just beating the previous record of 192.
2

hit someone or something


Adverbs frequently used with beat
badly, brutally, mercilessly, savagely, severely, viciouslyWhen he tried to run away he was savagely beaten.
 
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