One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Withdraw quickly in order to avoid something unpleasant.‘as the bombs started to go off, they beat a hasty retreat across the field’
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- ‘The thief, instead of beating a hasty retreat, confronted his accuser and hit him in the face delivering a smack on the jaw.’
- ‘On our arrival, anxious parents start gathering up their little ones and beating a retreat.’
- ‘He found the attention too much and beat a hasty retreat to the States, where he spent a year writing songs in happy anonymity.’
- ‘He thought of feigning illness and beating a hasty retreat but, after much deliberation, decided to chance it.’
- ‘Jonathan then lunged for the boy at the door, who quickly turned around and beat a hasty retreat away from the house, forgetting his flowers and his car.’
- ‘Clocking that they were being watched they beat a hasty retreat.’
- ‘A fierce, icy wind whipped up the lake's fiery red surface and forced us to beat a hasty retreat from our lakeside walk.’
- ‘In fact, he beat a hasty retreat at the first opportunity promising to get the bid and a list of references to me later in the week.’
- ‘After raising one of the biggest cheers of the night, the streaker pranced around the penalty area before beating a hasty retreat.’
- ‘But speaking outside a regional police chiefs conference in Bali today, there was no sign that he's beating a retreat from his position.’
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