Definition of beater in English:

beater

noun

  • 1A person who hits someone or something, typically on a habitual basis.

    ‘he is not a drug addict, an alcoholic, or a woman beater’
    • ‘But to say the love of your life is a beater is really stupid.’
    • ‘To drive home her point, she called him a 'serial woman-beater' before letting off a volley of cuss words.’
    • ‘I've had to deal with violent grannies and aggressive alcoholics and girlfriend beaters.’
    • ‘He must be gutted that he gets 9 months, and other criminals such as muggers, OAP beaters etc. get off with a suspended sentence or community work!’
    • ‘Oh, wait, no-no, he was still a beater and a cheater and sired a daughter who's got issues.’
    1. 1.1A person who beats metal in manufacturing.
      ‘he started out as a metal beater in the sheet metal shop’
      • ‘He stepped into a silver-beater's shop as the caravans passed.’
      • ‘He was born early in the sixteenth century in Seville, where, according to Cervantes, he worked as a metal-beater.’
      • ‘After the war he was engaged for about nine years in mining and then entered the rolling-mill at Leechburg, where he was a beater for eight years.’
  • 2A person employed to flush out or drive game animals for shooting by striking at the ground cover.

    ‘he had regularly worked as a beater on grouse shoots on Soyland Moor’
    • ‘As the beaters come within range and the sky darkens, a whistle indicates that the day is over - and when we assemble back at the road, I am astonished.’
    • ‘Acting as the beaters, the infantry platoon is to clear the woods for the enemy eyes forward.’
    • ‘There would be beaters for the season and people to cook meals and run the lodge for the shooting parties.’
    • ‘Local children skipped school so they could be beaters at a local pheasant shoot, to the headteacher's annoyance.’
    • ‘On Saturday afternoon Mr Seymour & I did some shooting - rabbits & grouse with the girls as beaters.’
    • ‘His failing powers were shown up when he had to give up shooting after he accidentally peppered one of the beaters.’
    • ‘We used to pay beaters, most of whom were miners, 7s 6d a day and give them each a bottle of beer.’
    • ‘As employing beaters for driven shoots is expensive, there has been a big rise in ‘walked-up’ shoots, when a small group of gunmen walk across land and drive their own birds up into the air.’
    • ‘Professional beaters will be called in by Bradford Council to drive birds on to privately-owned adjoining moors where grouse shoots still take place.’
    • ‘A detachment of young peasants had been designated as beaters.’
    • ‘Saboteurs are not unknown, with the result that most keepers take great care when hiring beaters.’
  • 3An implement or machine used for beating.

    ‘beat two eggs in large bowl with a hand beater until fluffy’
    • ‘Steady winds fanned the flames despite firefighters and National Park officials directing six hosereel jets on to the fire and beating out hotspots with rubber beaters.’
    • ‘The two then went to Samuel's farm where they observed the operation of Anderson's invention, which used a drum and beaters.’
    • ‘To prevent the fire spreading to nearby Heckbarley forest, fire fighters used beaters and dampers to cut it off.’
    • ‘It's also available with a beater or brush-spreading mechanism, so operators can choose the optimum spreading unit for their operation.’
    • ‘The revolving beaters strip off all the tow and loose matter.’
    • ‘Size reduction is achieved by fixed or swinging beater arms revolving at speed within a chamber.’
    • ‘The Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance reports vent-free beaters are safe when used as directed.’
    • ‘In Manchester the chief officer has been ordering two firefighters in a van to respond to grass fires - without water and equipped only with beaters.’
    • ‘Once dry, it was again collected on drays, and back it went to the mill to be fed through a machine with wooden beaters, called a scutcher.’
    • ‘Fire-fighting tools such as beaters and knapsack sprayers should be to hand and ready to use.’
    • ‘The Dutch advantage lay in a new technique, the Holland beater, that shredded fresh linen and that dispensed with the fermentation stage of the old technique.’
    blender, food processor, liquidizer, stirrer, beater, churn, whisk
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  • 4informal A means of defeating or preventing something.

    ‘a recession beater’
    • ‘If any of your corporate allies don't like it, they'll have to come up with a market beater that WORKS this time, or they have no right to comment on what you do.’
    • ‘Strike beaters: the London mayor caught the Tube to work, condemning the industrial action on Twitter.’
    • ‘The Kenyans tend to be globe beaters at distance running.’
    • ‘You can also use a liquid control like a weed beater ultra which is very effective against dandelions and other weeds.’
    • ‘He was the indomitable cancer fighter and cancer beater who finished first in the Tour de France a record seven times.’
    • ‘At the time of release the tablet was penned as an iPad beater.’
    • ‘Fortunately the rabid fans in Columbus have organized a summer doldrums beater called Cannonfest so remember that event and see you there!’
    • ‘Every transit network has its fare beaters, the riders who view payment as either optional or prohibitively expensive.’
    • ‘In my humble opinion this phone is an iPhone beater, I sold my 3G to get it, and so far I am mightily impressed with it.’
    • ‘The fund has lagged the index in the recent bull market, but it's a long-term index beater.’
  • 5North American informal A dilapidated but serviceable car.

    ‘I bought a beater and drove that for a few years’
    • ‘I have a Lincoln LS that Claudia drives most of the time, and then I have an old beater Lumina van that I chase parts in.’
    • ‘These old beaters are working trucks on the Mills' New York farm, so they have never been beautified, though they have been maintained in working mechanical order.’
    • ‘You start the game at level 1 with a beater car that looks pretty clunky and has many of the lower end parts in the game.’
    • ‘I got a Honda wagon beater and it gets me from A to B just fine.’
    • ‘Got back in the car, started their car again, which is a bit of an old beater, and it backfired, apparently.’
    • ‘Have an old beater leaking battery acid in the driveway?’
    • ‘She slid herself into the passenger seat of her friends beater Chevy IROC.’
    • ‘When you have an old, beater car, you might wait a day or two before taking those few soda cans out of the cupholders and the backseat and throwing them away.’
    • ‘He drove 25 miles to Sioux Falls, where a family friend spotted the old beater and called the police.’
    • ‘If I am the one driving this beater into a pole at 63 mph, then I'm the one responsible for judgement day.’
    • ‘Night Flares yearns to be played in a 20-year-old beater barrelling down a moon-drenched highway.’
    • ‘A top 10 hit is merely a college radio staple, and I'm downgraded from a Benz to a beater.’
    • ‘‘We don't drive very far, and we need to repair 'em ourselves,’ the beater's owner later tells me.’
    • ‘Sure, one might put a bush beater out there, or a military-influenced four-wheeler, but a Lexus?’
    • ‘For a moment, it fishtailed wildly as it accelerated at a speed he would have thought impossible for such an old beater.’
    • ‘He also distributes untold numbers of these papers to various parts of town, except that he can't at the moment, because his beater car finally died.’

Pronunciation:

beater

/ˈbēdər/