Definition of beating in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbiːtɪŋ/


1A punishment or assault in which the victim is hit repeatedly: if he got dirt on his clothes he’d get a beating [mass noun]: torture methods included beating
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  • This did not include punishment beatings by paramilitaries.
  • Disobedience led to punishment, including beatings, imprisonment, blackmail, and death threats.
  • Many of the so called punishment beatings issued are more commonly found to be retribution for engaging in trade on another persons patch.
2 [mass noun] Pulsation or throbbing, typically of the heart.
Example sentences
  • I was still kneeling, perfectly still, hypnotized by the very alive beating of a heart.
  • Even the ones who threatened a wobbly lower lip and adulterous quick beating of the heart proved to be a thorough anti-climax.
  • ‘I'm so tired,’ she murmured, listening to the faint, steady beating of his heart.
3A defeat in a competitive situation.
Example sentences
  • It was indeed a battle for the fittest and reputations did take a severe beating once the competitions gained momentum.
  • Chrysler, like Ford and GM, has taken a beating from Asian competitors thanks in part to a dated line-up of cars.
defeat, loss, conquest, vanquishing, trouncing, routing, overthrow, downfall
informal licking, thrashing, clobbering



take a beating

informal Suffer damage or hurt: her pride had taken a beating at his hands
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  • The small landing craft bringing men and supplies from ship to shore took a beating from the shoals and rocks, with many suffering severe damage.
  • Some of those instant hand cleansers contain harsh ingredients and perfumes that can damage your skin, which is probably already taking a beating from cold, dry air.
  • Private equity funds took a beating during the Internet bubble years of 2000-01, when a number of venture capitalists lost their shirts investing in start-ups.

take some (or a lot of) beating

informal Be difficult to surpass or defeat: last year’s £2.3 million record will take some beating
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  • ‘It's a record that takes some beating and I've never heard of anywhere else achieving anything like that,’ he commented.
  • Rapid Deployment, like may of the horse trained by Hughes, has not been at the top of his game but Hughes is on the way back and his recent record in this event takes some beating.
  • His records at the TT will take some beating and it will take a rider of great courage and bravery to match his achievements and the number of titles he has won on the island.

Words that rhyme with beating

fleeting, greeting, Keating, meeting, self-defeating, sweeting

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