Definition of beating in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Criminality and punishment beatings were only adjuncts to the substantive talks in December.’
    • ‘Seven men were involved in the beating, which left one of the victims with head gashes.’
    • ‘Punishment for women and girls who violate these laws include beatings and imprisonment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The submission of Clopton to his beating was symbolic of the defeat the Confederacy would suffer in less than a year.’
    • ‘The former civil servant has endured beatings, solitary confinement and death threats while in prison.’
    • ‘A man finds out his son is using heroin and decides to go punish the dealer with a sound beating.’
    • ‘Indeed the war is not over, as according to this view, there are ongoing attacks and punishment beatings.’
    • ‘Many of those arrested reported beatings and instances of torture.’
    • ‘Many of the so called punishment beatings issued are more commonly found to be retribution for engaging in trade on another persons patch.’
    • ‘They are widely viewed as an alternative to paramilitary punishment attacks and beatings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This did not include punishment beatings by paramilitaries.’
    • ‘Religious police punish infractions of the dress code with public beatings.’
    • ‘Her mother followed behind, a frazzled young woman who looked to be a victim of frequent beatings.’
    • ‘The fight was indeed competitive but it probably afflicted him with the worst beating in his entire boxing career.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Disobedience led to punishment, including beatings, imprisonment, blackmail, and death threats.’
    • ‘Control was maintained by beatings and physical assault.’
    • ‘An American roller hockey player who was the victim of a vicious beating outside a Sheffield nightclub has been left blind in one eye.’
    battering, thrashing, thumping, pounding, pummelling, drubbing, slapping, smacking, hammering, hitting, striking, punching, knocking, thwacking, cuffing, buffeting, boxing, mauling, pelting, lambasting
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  • 2[mass noun] Pulsation or throbbing, typically of the heart.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Roderick shouts out at one point ‘Do I not distinguish that heavy and horrible beating of her 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 was still kneeling, perfectly still, hypnotized by the very alive beating of a heart.’
    • ‘‘I'm so tired,’ she murmured, listening to the faint, steady beating of his heart.’
    • ‘All I could hear was the loud rapid beating of my heart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The first thing I was aware of was the slow, rhythmic beating of a heart.’
    • ‘A computer simulation shows the spiral-shaped electrical waves that can interfere with the heart's normal beating.’
    • ‘Patients with atrial fibrillation (irregular beating of the heart) may be prescribed anticoagulants.’
    pulsation, pulsating, pulse, pulsing, palpitating, throb, reverberation, reverberating
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  • 3A defeat in a competitive situation.

    • ‘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.’
    defeat, loss, conquest, vanquishing, trouncing, routing, overthrow, downfall
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