beat out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theybeat out
he/she/itbeats out
present participlebeating out
past tensebeat out
past participlebeaten out
  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.

See also main entry: beat