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

    • ‘A computer simulation shows the spiral-shaped electrical waves that can interfere with the heart's normal beating.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Patients with atrial fibrillation (irregular beating of the heart) may be prescribed anticoagulants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’’
    • ‘Even the ones who threatened a wobbly lower lip and adulterous quick beating of the heart proved to be a thorough anti-climax.’
    • ‘The first thing I was aware of was the slow, rhythmic beating of a heart.’
    • ‘All I could hear was the loud rapid beating of my heart.’
    pulsation, pulsating, pulse, pulsing, palpitating, throb, reverberation, reverberating
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  • 3A defeat in a competitive situation.

    • ‘It was indeed a battle for the fittest and reputations did take a severe beating once the competitions gained momentum.’
    • ‘Chrysler, like Ford and GM, has taken a beating from Asian competitors thanks in part to a dated line-up of cars.’
    defeat, loss, conquest, vanquishing, trouncing, routing, overthrow, downfall
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  • take a beating

    • informal Suffer damage or hurt.

      ‘her pride had taken a beating at his hands’
      • ‘The euro took a beating on all sides on Thursday from German budget woes, a Dutch government collapse and a looming referendum on European Union expansion plans.’
      • ‘Stock markets across the globe took a beating from concern that exports to the world's largest economy were still far from recovering.’
      • ‘Now in the news, just a day from now south Florida is expected to be taking a beating from Hurricane Wilma.’
      • ‘The umbrella took a beating, but I was unscathed.’
      • ‘In Mexico, the PRI has also took a beating when the political system was finally opened up following intense pressure from the people.’
      • ‘The new camera took a beating but I haven't got things together enough to post anything yet.’
      • ‘With each passing year, the safety record of the Indian Railways has been taking a beating.’
      • ‘Naturally, quality took a dip and the credentials of bands took a beating.’
      • ‘If the team is not being beaten on the field, the board is taking a beating for the manner in which it is handling its affairs.’
      • ‘Kelly took a beating from some youths for his trouble, as he stood between the injured soldier and the angry crowd.’
      • ‘Although European markets held up, Asian markets took a beating.’
      • ‘Around Christmas, when a quick browse could potentially turn in to a marathon online shopping expedition, the potential for abuse is clearly higher, with office productivity inevitably taking a beating.’
      • ‘Viewers are watching today as the Florida Keys took a beating, while the victims of Katrina shook their heads in disbelief that Rita may also be coming their way.’
      • ‘By the close, the Footsie was off 175.7 points at 4274.0 as a host of sectors took a beating to send the index tumbling back from a seven-week high.’
      • ‘The small landing craft bringing men and supplies from ship to shore took a beating from the shoals and rocks, with many suffering severe damage.’
      • ‘Private equity funds took a beating during the Internet bubble years of 2000-01, when a number of venture capitalists lost their shirts investing in start-ups.’
      • ‘The markets in parts of California and New England took a beating in the early 1990s.’
      • ‘Some of those instant hand cleansers contain harsh ingredients and perfumes that can damage your skin, which is probably already taking a beating from cold, dry air.’
      • ‘Marvel Comics, along with their competitors, was taking a beating financially, and to many, the world of comics had fallen into the dark ages.’
      • ‘Western barley futures at the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange also took a beating on the news.’
  • take some (or a lot of) beating

    • informal Be difficult to surpass or defeat.

      ‘last year's £2.3 million record will take some beating’
      • ‘‘It's a record that takes some beating and I've never heard of anywhere else achieving anything like that,’ he commented.’
      • ‘His records at the TT will take some beating and it will take a rider of great courage and bravery to match his achievements and the number of titles he has won on the island.’
      • ‘Rapid Deployment, like may of the horse trained by Hughes, has not been at the top of his game but Hughes is on the way back and his recent record in this event takes some beating.’
      • ‘Even by the standards of unreconstructed Scottish masculinity, his assumption that a woman of child-bearing age would put reproduction before professional ambition took some beating.’
      • ‘It is not the first time that he had disappeared from view only to re-emerge at the top of his form but the fact that he could do it at 33 and at the end of a long season took some beating.’