Mark musical time by beating a drum, clapping, tapping the foot, or a similar means. For example, Even as a baby, Dave always beat time when he heard music. [ Late 1600s ]
Captain Eben held an open hymn book back in one hand and beat time with the other.
Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
The eight strained forward, and the coxswain began to beat time.
Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
She seemed sitting there ready to beat time to his applause, nod her head to it as to a childish strain of jigging music.
The Woman With The Fan Robert Hichens
When they got near shore, they all began to dance, clapping their hands to beat time.
The Philippine Islands John Foreman
See him beat time with unvarying count and catch up the next note true and steady, as if no breaking place had come in between.
The Optimist’s Good Morning Florence Hobart Perin
She was dancing rather than walking, and with her left hand she beat time to the music.
Novel Notes Jerome K. Jerome
He (my informant) then played some marching airs, and instantly the other raised his head and began to beat time with both feet.
The Celtic Magazine, Vol. I, No. VI, April 1886 Various
Rose beat time for her sister mockingly, and they answered in singsong.
Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
The old men sitting by the fire watched the younger ones with enjoyment, and beat time with their heads, repeating the refrains.
Tales by Polish Authors Various
The hoof-strokes of the mare seemed to beat time to the verse.
Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
- Beat to it
Get ahead of someone to obtain something, as in There was only enough for one, so Jane ran as fast as she could in order to beat Jerry to it. [ ; c. 1900 ] Also, beat to the draw or punch. React more quickly than someone else. For example, The new salesman tried to […]
- Beat to the ground
beat to the ground adjective phrase (Variations: a frazzle or the socks may replace the ground) Totally exhausted; pooped: Frankie Machine, looking beat to the ground, brushed past (entry form 1940s+; second form 1900s+)
- Beat up
Informal. dilapidated; in poor condition from use: a beat-up old jalopy. the warpwise count of tufts of pile in the warp of carpets. to strike violently or forcefully and repeatedly. to dash against: rain beating the trees. to flutter, flap, or rotate in or against: beating the air with its wings. to sound, as on […]
- Beat up on
to strike violently or forcefully and repeatedly. to dash against: rain beating the trees. to flutter, flap, or rotate in or against: beating the air with its wings. to sound, as on a drum: beating a steady rhythm; to beat a tattoo. to stir vigorously: Beat the egg whites well. to break, forge, or make […]