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1A punishment or assault in which the victim is hit repeatedly.‘if he got dirt on his clothes he'd get a beating’[mass noun] ‘torture methods included beating’
battering, thrashing, thumping, pounding, pummelling, drubbing, slapping, smacking, hammering, hitting, striking, punching, knocking, thwacking, cuffing, buffeting, boxing, mauling, pelting, lambastingView synonyms
- ‘A man finds out his son is using heroin and decides to go punish the dealer with a sound beating.’
- ‘An American roller hockey player who was the victim of a vicious beating outside a Sheffield nightclub has been left blind in one eye.’
- ‘Many of those arrested reported beatings and instances of torture.’
- ‘The soul of the samurai was judged for forty-nine days, and punished with a beating if his answers were not satisfactory to the ears of the fierce judge.’
- ‘Punishment for women and girls who violate these laws include beatings and imprisonment.’
- ‘Religious police punish infractions of the dress code with public beatings.’
- ‘The former civil servant has endured beatings, solitary confinement and death threats while in prison.’
- ‘Control was maintained by beatings and physical assault.’
- ‘A gunshot wound on the man's left arm did not appear sufficiently serious to have caused his death - the likely cause was internal bleeding following a beating.’
- ‘They are widely viewed as an alternative to paramilitary punishment attacks and beatings.’
- ‘The fight was indeed competitive but it probably afflicted him with the worst beating in his entire boxing career.’
- ‘Seven men were involved in the beating, which left one of the victims with head gashes.’
- ‘Police, who were called to the scene shortly before 8pm, believe Paul was the victim of a motiveless beating which could have involved up to 14 youths.’
- ‘Many of the so called punishment beatings issued are more commonly found to be retribution for engaging in trade on another persons patch.’
- ‘This did not include punishment beatings by paramilitaries.’
- ‘The submission of Clopton to his beating was symbolic of the defeat the Confederacy would suffer in less than a year.’
- ‘Her mother followed behind, a frazzled young woman who looked to be a victim of frequent beatings.’
- ‘Disobedience led to punishment, including beatings, imprisonment, blackmail, and death threats.’
- ‘Indeed the war is not over, as according to this view, there are ongoing attacks and punishment beatings.’
- ‘Criminality and punishment beatings were only adjuncts to the substantive talks in December.’
2[mass noun] Pulsation or throbbing, typically of the heart.
pulsation, pulsating, pulse, pulsing, palpitating, throb, reverberation, reverberatingView synonyms
- ‘‘I'm so tired,’ she murmured, listening to the faint, steady beating of his heart.’
- ‘I was still kneeling, perfectly still, hypnotized by the very alive beating of a heart.’
- ‘All I could hear was the loud rapid beating of my heart.’
- ‘The first thing I was aware of was the slow, rhythmic beating of a heart.’
- ‘Even the ones who threatened a wobbly lower lip and adulterous quick beating of the heart proved to be a thorough anti-climax.’
- ‘I clambered over to him and rested my head on his chest, silently listening to the soft rhythmic beating of his heart as he absently ran his hand through my hair.’
- ‘Patients with atrial fibrillation (irregular beating of the heart) may be prescribed anticoagulants.’
- ‘A computer simulation shows the spiral-shaped electrical waves that can interfere with the heart's normal beating.’
- ‘He assumes that the policemen can hear the old man's heart beating, even though only he can hear this beating of his own heart.’
- ‘Roderick shouts out at one point ‘Do I not distinguish that heavy and horrible beating of her heart?’’
3A defeat in a competitive situation.
defeat, loss, conquest, vanquishing, trouncing, routing, overthrow, downfallView synonyms
- ‘Chrysler, like Ford and GM, has taken a beating from Asian competitors thanks in part to a dated line-up of cars.’
- ‘It was indeed a battle for the fittest and reputations did take a severe beating once the competitions gained momentum.’
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