Definition of beater in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbiːtə/


1A person who hits someone or something, typically on a habitual basis: he is not a drug addict, an alcoholic, or a woman beater
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  • I've had to deal with violent grannies and aggressive alcoholics and girlfriend beaters.
  • He must be gutted that he gets 9 months, and other criminals such as muggers, OAP beaters etc. get off with a suspended sentence or community work!
  • Oh, wait, no-no, he was still a beater and a cheater and sired a daughter who's got issues.
1.1A person who beats metal in manufacturing: he started out as a metal beater in the sheet metal shop
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  • After the war he was engaged for about nine years in mining and then entered the rolling-mill at Leechburg, where he was a beater for eight years.
  • He was born early in the sixteenth century in Seville, where, according to Cervantes, he worked as a metal-beater.
  • He stepped into a silver-beater's shop as the caravans passed.
2A person employed to raise game birds for shooting by striking at the ground cover: he had regularly worked as a beater on grouse shoots on Soyland Moor
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  • As employing beaters for driven shoots is expensive, there has been a big rise in ‘walked-up’ shoots, when a small group of gunmen walk across land and drive their own birds up into the air.
  • A detachment of young peasants had been designated as beaters.
  • Professional beaters will be called in by Bradford Council to drive birds on to privately-owned adjoining moors where grouse shoots still take place.
3An implement or machine used for beating: beat two eggs in large bowl with a hand beater until fluffy
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  • Once dry, it was again collected on drays, and back it went to the mill to be fed through a machine with wooden beaters, called a scutcher.
  • Fire-fighting tools such as beaters and knapsack sprayers should be to hand and ready to use.
  • Steady winds fanned the flames despite firefighters and National Park officials directing six hosereel jets on to the fire and beating out hotspots with rubber beaters.
4 informal A person or thing that overcomes or prevents something: a recession beater
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  • The Kenyans tend to be globe beaters at distance running.
  • Fortunately the rabid fans in Columbus have organized a summer doldrums beater called Cannonfest so remember that event and see you there!
  • Strike beaters: the London mayor caught the Tube to work, condemning the industrial action on Twitter.
5North American informal An old or dilapidated vehicle: I bought a beater and drove that for a few years
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  • I have a Lincoln LS that Claudia drives most of the time, and then I have an old beater Lumina van that I chase parts in.
  • He drove 25 miles to Sioux Falls, where a family friend spotted the old beater and called the police.
  • Got back in the car, started their car again, which is a bit of an old beater, and it backfired, apparently.

Words that rhyme with beater

Akita, Anita, arboreta, beta, Bhagavadgita, cheater, cheetah, Demeter, Dieter, dolce vita, eater, eta, Evita, excreta, fetor, granita, greeter, heater, Juanita, litre (US liter), Lolita, maltreater, margarita, meter, metre, Peta, praetor (US pretor), repeater, Rita, saltpetre (US saltpeter), secretor, Senhorita, señorita, Sita, skeeter, teeter, terra incognita, theta, treater, tweeter, ureter, veleta, zeta

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