you beat me to it meaning, you beat me to it definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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beat

  
  ( beats    plural & 3rd person present)   ( beating    present participle)   ( beaten    past participle  )
The form beat is used in the present tense and is the past tense.     
1       verb   If you beat someone or something, you hit them very hard.  
My wife tried to stop them and they beat her...      V n  
They were beaten to death with baseball bats.      V n to n  
2       verb   To beaton, at, or against something means to hit it hard, usually several times or continuously for a period of time.   (=pound)  
There was dead silence but for a fly beating against the glass...      V against n  
Nina managed to free herself and began beating at the flames with a pillow...      V at n  
The rain was beating on the windowpanes.      V on n, Also V n  
      Beat is also a noun., n-sing   usu the N of n  
...the rhythmic beat of the surf.     
  beating      n-sing   usu the N of n  
...the silence broken only by the beating of the rain.     
3       verb   When your heart or pulse beats, it continually makes regular rhythmic movements.  
I felt my heart beating faster.      V  
      Beat is also a noun., n-count   usu with supp  
He could hear the beat of his heart..., Most people's pulse rate is more than 70 beats per minute.     
  beating      n-sing   usu the N of n  
I could hear the beating of my heart.     
4       verb   If you beat a drum or similar instrument, you hit it in order to make a sound. You can also say that a drum beats.  
When you beat the drum, you feel good.      V n  
...drums beating and pipes playing.      V  
      Beat is also a noun., n-sing   usu the N of n  
...the rhythmical beat of the drum.     
5       n-count   The beat of a piece of music is the main rhythm that it has.  
usu sing, the N  
...the thumping beat of rock music.     
6       n-count   In music, a beat is a unit of measurement. The number of beats in a bar of a piece of music is indicated by two numbers at the beginning of the piece.  
usu pl  
It's got four beats to a bar.     
    upbeat  
    downbeat  
7       verb   If you beat eggs, cream, or butter, you mix them thoroughly using a fork or beater.  
Beat the eggs and sugar until they start to thicken.      V n  
8       verb   When a bird or insect beats its wings or when its wings beat, its wings move up and down.  
Beating their wings they flew off...      V n  
Its wings beat slowly.      V  
9       verb   If you beat someone in a competition or election, you defeat them.  
In yesterday's games, Switzerland beat the United States two-one...      V n  
She was easily beaten into third place.      V n into n  
10       verb   If someone beats a record or achievement, they do better than it.  
He was as eager as his Captain to beat the record.      V n  
11       verb   If you beat something that you are fighting against, for example an organization, a problem, or a disease, you defeat it.   (=conquer)  
It became clear that the Union was not going to beat the government...      V n  
12       verb   If an attack or an attempt is beatenoff or is beatenback, it is stopped, often temporarily.  
usu passive  
The rescuers were beaten back by strong winds and currents...      be V-ed adv  
South Africa's ruling National Party has beaten off a right-wing challenge.      V adv n  
13       verb   If you say that one thing beats another, you mean that it is better than it.  
INFORMAL   no cont  
Being boss of a software firm beats selling insurance...      V n  
14       verb   If you say you can't beat a particular thing you mean that it is the best thing of its kind.  
no cont  
You can't beat soap and water for cleansing.      V n  
15       verb   To beat a time limit or an event means to achieve something before that time or event.  
They were trying to beat the midnight deadline...      V n  
16       n-count   A police officer's or journalist's beat is the area for which he or she is responsible.  
17       verb   You use beat in expressions such as `It beats me' or `What beats me is' to indicate that you cannot understand or explain something.  
INFORMAL, SPOKEN   `What am I doing wrong, anyway?'<emdash>`Beats me, Lewis.'...      V n  
18   
    beaten  
    beaten-up  
    beating  
    beat-up  
19    If you intend to do something but someone beats you to it, they do it before you do.  
beat sb to it      phrase   V inflects  
Don't be too long about it or you'll find someone has beaten you to it.     
20    A police officer on the beat is on duty, walking around the area for which he or she is responsible.  
on the beat      phrase   usu n PHR, v-link PHR  
The officer on the beat picks up information; hears cries for help; makes people feel safe.     
21    If you beat timeto a piece of music, you move your hand or foot up and down in time with the music. A conductor beats time to show the choir or orchestra how fast they should sing or play the music.  
beat time      phrase   V inflects   (=keep time)  
He beats time with hands and feet.     
22   
    to beat someone black and blue  
    black  
    to beat about the bush  
    bush  
    to beat or knock the living daylights out of someone  
    daylights  
    to beat the drum for someone or something  
    drum  
    to beat someone at their own game  
    game  
    to beat a retreat  
    retreat  
    to beat, kick or knock the shit out of someone  
    shit   beat down  
1       phrasal verb   When the sun beats down, it is very hot and bright.  
2       phrasal verb   When the rain beats down, it rains very hard.   (=pour down)  
Even in the winter with the rain beating down, it's nice and cosy in there.      V P  
3       phrasal verb   If you beat down a person who is selling you something, you force them to accept a lower price for it than they wanted to get.   (=knock down)  
A fair employer, when arranging for the pay of a carpenter, does not try to beat him down...      V n P  
Beat down the seller to the price that suits you.      V P n (not pron)   beat out  
1       phrasal verb   If you beat out sounds on a drum or similar instrument, you make the sounds by hitting the instrument.   (=tap out)  
Drums and cymbals beat out a solemn rhythm.      V P n (not pron)  
2       phrasal verb   If you beat out a fire, you cause it to go out by hitting it, usually with an object such as a blanket.  
His brother beat out the flames with a blanket...      V P n (not pron)  
She managed to beat the fire out.      V n P  
3       phrasal verb   If you beat out someone in a competition, you defeat them.  
  (mainly AM)  
Indianapolis beat out nearly 100 other cities as the site for a huge United Airlines maintenance center...      V P n (not pron)  
If we are certain a rival will beat us out, we are wide open to jealousy.      V n P   beat out of      phrasal verb   If someone beats another person out of something, they get that thing by deceiving the other person or behaving dishonestly.  
If he could beat his uncle out of a dollar he'd do it.      V n P P n   beat up  
1       phrasal verb   If someone beats a person up, they hit or kick the person many times.  
Then they actually beat her up as well...      V n P  
The government supporters are beating up anyone they suspect of favouring the demonstrators.      V P n (not pron)  
2       phrasal verb   If you beatyourselfup about something, you worry about it a lot or blame yourself for it.  
INFORMAL   Tell them you don't want to do it any more. Don't beat yourself up about it...      V pron-refl P prep  
I don't beat myself up. I don't deal with things I can't handle.      V pron-refl P  
  beating-up     ( beatings-up    plural)    n-count  
There had been no violence, no beatings-up until then.      beat up on  
1       phrasal verb   If someone beats up on a person or beats on them, they hit or kick the person many times.  
  (AM)  
He beat up on my brother's kid one time.      V P P n, Also V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If someone beats up on another person, they threaten them or treat them unkindly.  
  (AM)  
INFORMAL   She had to beat up on every customer just to get the bills paid.      V P P n  


beat-up     
A beat-up car or other object is old and in bad condition.  
INFORMAL      adj   ADJ n   (=battered)  
...a beat-up old Fiat 131.     
dead-beat      , dead beat  
If you are dead-beat, you are very tired and have no energy left.  
INFORMAL      adj   v-link ADJ   (=shattered)  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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exp.
I have no idea; I don't have a clue
[Informal] E.g.: Why was she upset? - Beats me!
exp.
it sounds interesting or attractive
exp.
it occurred to me, I suddenly thought of it, I had an idea all of a sudden
E.g: I wondered all day long how to solve this problem and it suddenly hit me...I had to talk to Marry.
adj.
the decision is yours
n.
A moulding commonly used in framing oil paintings. The liner is fixed inside the frame and appears between the image and the outer frame. Generally made out of wood or some other hard material, the liner may have fabric glued down to it. Liners are to canvases what a mat/mount is to a print on paper
[Artwork framing] Polystyrene or wood liner. Fabric-covered liner. Linen liner. Gold liner.
id.
make a lot of efforts to understand something
exp.
polite expression offering to do something for someone
n.
a technology item that a young person no longer uses and hands over to an older person, after having purchased a last generation product
[Bus.];[Tech.]
exp.
expression used for catching the attention of an audience
exp.
expression used for pointing out that, if you love someone, you accept also things and people dear to the person you love
exp.
what about you
Slang; written abbreviation
exp.
love you loads
"je t'aime beaucoup" in French
exp.
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.
[Slang];[Vulg.]
exp.
a humorous way of saying that someone doesn't like or love the speaker.
[Hum.] E.g.: You've seen the way she treated me last time we met. It's clear: she loves me not.
o.
talk to you later
exp.
you only live once
[Fam.] acronym
n.
person that you date
exp.
it's said when someone has done things in the wrong order
adj.
done because you want to
[US] i did the proyect voluntary to improve my grade
id.
expression used to show full agreement on smth.
exp.
means "that's just the way it is"
c'est comme ça, point barre
id.
damn it!
Rats! I will be late to the meeting.
exp.
go crazy; get angry; lose self-control
E.g.: I will lose it if we keep listening to this song.
exp.
it's ready!
or "dinner's ready!"; "lunch is ready!"; "breakfast's ready!"
n.
new trend in computing to take into account the environmental aspect when designing IT systems.
exp.
"to be up for it" means to be willing to participate
she's really up for it: elle est partante
exp.
expression used to encourage someone to say what is on their mind, what is bothering them
v.
avoid or at least minimize risks ; choose the safest way in case of doubt
to be on the safe side ; play safe
exp.
consider that two parties don't owe anything to each other
exp.
ça craint! ; c'est nul!
[Arg.];[Slang]
exp.
if you can't be arsed to do something, you can't be bothered to do it (you are too lazy to do it)
colloquial, British, very common

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