Definition of beat someone/something off in English:

beat someone/something off

phrasal verb

  • 1Succeed in resisting an attacker or an attack.

    ‘we beat off the raiders with sticks and broom handles’
    • ‘Eventually, they managed to beat the dog off her and locked it in a back yard with the other animal.’
    • ‘In January 1583, he marched to Antwerp to assert his authority but his attack was beaten off.’
    • ‘A clash took place and the Imperial forces were beaten off.’
    • ‘The quick-thinking hero beat the dogs off with a lead and dived on top of Sam to protect him.’
    • ‘But much of his time was devoted to beating off attacks on his authority.’
    • ‘The Muscovites bombarded the wooden walls with cannon, but to little effect, and infantry assaults were beaten off.’
    • ‘Workers in the 1970s showed that they could beat off attacks from the bosses and the government, through striking and winning active solidarity from other workers.’
    • ‘They stood firm and beat him off, inflicting another 12,000 casualties on Frederick's army.’
    • ‘Just a few weeks ago they killed a swan and at the weekend a second narrowly escaped after a passerby jumped into the water and beat the geese off with a branch.’
    • ‘Several German counterattacks were beaten off, and the Marines advanced into raking machine-gun fire and well-adjusted artillery.’
    repel, fight off, repulse, drive away, drive back, force back, beat back, push back, thrust back, put to flight
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    1. 1.1 Win against a challenge or rival.
      ‘the firm had beaten off competition from 260 other submissions’
      • ‘Since beating off its rival, the Bank of Scotland, in the battle for ownership of NatWest, RBS has made strong progress.’
      • ‘In the men's event, Roger Hammond beat off Jeremy Hunt and Jamie Alberts to lift the crown.’
      • ‘Roger beat off some people who would have been worthy winners but he deserves the praise and credit for all the fantastic work he has done.’
      • ‘Rogers beat off four rivals to land the job.’
      • ‘It was no surprise that CAR magazine voted it their No.1 car of 2003, beating off competition from the BMW M3 CSL and Ferrari 360 CS.’
      • ‘‘The office market is expected to be the star performer in the medium term, beating off competition from retail for the first time in the past few years,’ he said.’
      • ‘He beat off strong competition from over 1,400 applicants.’
      • ‘The Englishman will have to beat off fierce Scandinavian competition in the most snowbound event of the season.’
      • ‘He had no problems beating off the challenge of 20 lifters.’
      • ‘It was also named as British film of the year, beating off competition from World War II thriller Enigma.’