One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Succeed in resisting an attacker or an attack.
repel, fight off, repulse, drive away, drive back, force back, beat back, push back, thrust back, put to flightView synonyms
- ‘Workers in the 1970s showed that they could beat off attacks from the bosses and the government, through striking and winning active solidarity from other workers.’
- ‘Several German counterattacks were beaten off, and the Marines advanced into raking machine-gun fire and well-adjusted artillery.’
- ‘But much of his time was devoted to beating off attacks on his authority.’
- ‘They stood firm and beat him off, inflicting another 12,000 casualties on Frederick's army.’
- ‘A clash took place and the Imperial forces were beaten off.’
- ‘Just a few weeks ago they killed a swan and at the weekend a second narrowly escaped after a passerby jumped into the water and beat the geese off with a branch.’
- ‘Eventually, they managed to beat the dog off her and locked it in a back yard with the other animal.’
- ‘The quick-thinking hero beat the dogs off with a lead and dived on top of Sam to protect him.’
- ‘The Muscovites bombarded the wooden walls with cannon, but to little effect, and infantry assaults were beaten off.’
- ‘In January 1583, he marched to Antwerp to assert his authority but his attack was beaten off.’
- 1.1 Win against a challenge or rival.
- ‘It was also named as British film of the year, beating off competition from World War II thriller Enigma.’
- ‘The Englishman will have to beat off fierce Scandinavian competition in the most snowbound event of the season.’
- ‘He beat off strong competition from over 1,400 applicants.’
- ‘Roger beat off some people who would have been worthy winners but he deserves the praise and credit for all the fantastic work he has done.’
- ‘Rogers beat off four rivals to land the job.’
- ‘‘The office market is expected to be the star performer in the medium term, beating off competition from retail for the first time in the past few years,’ he said.’
- ‘It was no surprise that CAR magazine voted it their No.1 car of 2003, beating off competition from the BMW M3 CSL and Ferrari 360 CS.’
- ‘Since beating off its rival, the Bank of Scotland, in the battle for ownership of NatWest, RBS has made strong progress.’
- ‘He had no problems beating off the challenge of 20 lifters.’
- ‘In the men's event, Roger Hammond beat off Jeremy Hunt and Jamie Alberts to lift the crown.’
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