beat collocations and examples

 UK /biːt/

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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.

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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