Withdraw, typically in order to avoid something unpleasant: as the bombs started to go off, they beat a hasty retreat across the field
More example sentences
- Jonathan then lunged for the boy at the door, who quickly turned around and beat a hasty retreat away from the house, forgetting his flowers and his car.
- But speaking outside a regional police chiefs conference in Bali today, there was no sign that he's beating a retreat from his position.
- On our arrival, anxious parents start gathering up their little ones and beating a retreat.
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