beat a retreat
To give a signal, esp. by beating a drum, to go back.
The Redcoats' drums were beating a retreat.
To run away.
They beat a retreat when they saw that they were too few.
The cat beat a hasty retreat when he saw the dog coming.
beat about the bush
beat around the bush
To talk about things without giving a clear answer; avoid the question or the point.
He would not answer yes or no, but beat about the bush.
He beat about the bush for a half hour without coming to the point.
Our boss beats around the bush so much that no one in the office knows exactly what he wants us to do.
Instead of beating around the bush, Melinda explained her objection in very clear terms.
beat all hollow
To do much better than; to beat very badly.
We beat their team all hollow.
As a speaker, he beats us all hollow.
beat the Dutch
To be strange or surprising.
John found a box full of money buried in his garage. Doesn't that beat all!
It beats the Dutch how Tom always makes a basket.
To crush or break the spirit of; win over; conquer.
All their defenses were beaten down by the tanks.
To try to get reduced; force down by discussing.
Can we beat down the price?
To persuade or force (someone) to accept a lower price or easier payments.
He tried to beat us down, so we did not sell the house.
To shine brightly or hotly.
At noon the sun beat down on our heads as we walked home.
beat into one's head
To teach by telling again and again; repeat often; drill, also, to be cross and punish often.
Tom is lazy and stubborn and his lessons have to be beaten into his head.
I cannot beat it into his head that he should take off his hat in the house.
To go away in a hurry; get out quickly. Often used as a command.
When he heard the crash he beat it as fast as he could.
The big boy said, "Beat it, kid. We don't want you with us."
beat one to it
To arrive or get ahead of another person.
I was about to call you, John, but you have beat me to it! Thanks for calling me.