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England needed to beat Germany to get to the final.
In 2000, George W Bush narrowly beat Al Gore in the election.
She beat the world record by 0.3 of a second.
I’ll be happy if I beat my previous score.
It is one of the few businesses that has beaten the recession.
women who have beaten breast cancer
See if you can beat me back to the house!
Someone was beating a drum in the distance.
The rain was beating against the windows with renewed force.
waves beating on the shore
The shock had made my heart beat faster.
For me, surfing the Net beats watching TV any time.
Stop beating around the bush and tell me the truth.
Everybody’s beating their breasts but nobody actually does anything.
So far all the main suspects have beaten the rap.
When I went to take the keys I found that someone had beaten me to it.
It’s an expensive hotel, but that kind of service is hard to beat.
There was a cat with ten kittens – can you beat that?
‘Why did he do such a stupid thing?’ ‘It beats me.’
This is the British English definition of beat. View American English definition of beat.
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