One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Produce a loud, rhythmic sound by striking something.‘he beat out a rhythm on the drums’
- ‘I took the drumsticks back and started beating a rhythm out.’
- ‘The sound she beat out was at once primal and primitive, yet nuanced, complex, flowing.’
- ‘She tapped her fingers against the table, beating out a rhythm.’
- ‘So even while we're having dinner as the food's being served, the drummer will be beating out a tune on the table as everyone sings along.’
- ‘He is lightly beating out a rhythm which gradually increases in intensity.’
2Extinguish flames by striking at them with a suitable object.‘he made a frantic dash to grab an armful of branches and beat out the flames’
extinguish, put out, quench, smother, douse, snuff out, stifle, chokeView synonyms
- ‘Several men attempted to beat the flames out while water was poured on the fire.’
- ‘It screamed as flames surrounded it; screaming, it tried to beat them out.’
- ‘It carried on relentlessly burning, melting the sole of his shoes as he finally beat the flames out.’
- ‘Other men knocked them to the ground and began to beat the flames out savagely.’
- ‘They jumped out, took off their jerseys and proceeded to beat the fire out with them.’
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