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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theybeat out
he/she/itbeats out
present participlebeating out
past tensebeat out
past participlebeaten out
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  1. 1
    to stop a fire from burning by hitting it with something
    She beat out the flames with a branch.
  2. 3
    beat something out of someone to make someone tell you something by hitting them
    He claims that the confession was beaten out of him.
  3. 4
    American informal to succeed in winning or gaining something that someone else wants
    Atlanta beat out Athens for the privilege of hosting the 1996 Olympics.
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