[+heart] battement m
→ with every beat of my heart
[+bar] mesure f
→ the first beat of the bar
without missing a beat (fig)
[reply] du tac au tac
→ Harrison replied, without missing a beat
(=rhythm) rythme m
→ It has a good beat.
→ a song with a fast beat
→ the thumping beat of rock music
He was tapping his foot to the beat. Il battait la mesure du pied.
[+policeman] secteur m
→ They go on the beat in two's.
→ his beat, which includes Brixton
to be on the beat faire sa ronde
→ policemen on the beat
vt ( beat pt) ( beaten pp )
We beat them 3-0. On les a battus trois à zéro.
if you can't beat them, join them si vous ne pouvez les battre, ralliez-vous à eux
to beat sb to it couper l'herbe sous le pied de qn
→ Mr Fischler beat him to it with a statement announcing his own resignation.
→ He was eager to beat the record.
that beats everything!
(=is beyond) c'est le comble!
you can't beat it
(=there's nothing better) il n'y a rien de tel
→ You can't beat soap and water for cleansing.
beat it! * fiche le camp!
→ Beat it before it's too late.
→ His stepfather used to beat him with an iron bar.
to beat sb to death battre qn à mort
→ She was beaten to death.
→ They were beaten to death with baseball bats.
(=whip) fouetter, battre
→ Beat the eggs and sugar until they start to thicken.
to beat time battre la mesure
→ He beats time with hands and feet.
→ I felt my heart beating faster.
to beat on a drum battre du tambour
→ The child was beating on a drum.
to beat about the bush tourner autour du pot
[+windows] battre contre
→ The rain beat against the window.
[+door] cogner à
→ Somebody was beating at the door.
[+price] faire baisser
[+seller] faire baisser le prix à
→ Try to beat her down.
to beat sb down from £300 to £270 faire baisser le prix à qn de 300 à 270 livres
→ I beat him down from 500 dollars to 400 dollars.
(=pelt) tomber à verse
→ The rain was beating down, so we stayed at home.
→ The sun beat down on our heads.
→ She used her handbag to beat the attacker off.
→ He managed to beat off an attack by a couple of youths.
[+eggs] fouetter, battre
[+person] tabasser *
→ He told us that he had been beaten up by the police.
→ He threatened to beat her up.
to beat o.s. up
(=be hard on oneself) se flageller
to beat o.s. up about sth se faire du mouron * à propos de qch
→ Tell them you don't want to do it any more. Don't beat yourself up about it.
[car] déglingué (e) *
a beat-up old car une vieille bagnole * déglinguée, une vieille voiture déglinguée
dead beat , dead-beat
(=exhausted) claqué (e) * , crevé (e) *