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’
    • ‘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.’
    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'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?’’
    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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