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miss a beat

Definition of miss a beat in English:

1(Of the heart) temporarily fail or appear to fail to beat.
Example sentences
  • A typical pacemaker sends small electrical charges to the right atrium of the heart, which receives blood, and the right ventricle, which pumps it into the lungs, if the device senses the heart has missed a beat or is beating too slowly.
  • Nevertheless, it was difficult to stop my heart from missing a beat or two when I read the headline: Small plane crashes into Florida building.
  • Paula, a Waterside community nurse and mum to two-year-old Eamon, has got used to her heart missing a beat when the phone rings.
2 [usually with negative] informal Hesitate or falter, especially in demanding circumstances or when making a transition from one activity to another: the Swiss handle metres of snow without missing a beat
More example sentences
  • However, Burns seems to feel that she made the transition to film without missing a beat, even to the point of acting as post-production supervisor.
  • The first was the variety of the programme, and the way the choir switched from accessible classical music to Broadway, spirituals, jazz and carols, and from high seriousness to sophisticated comedy, without missing a beat.
  • ‘Because it makes me look pretty,’ said Bourne, without missing a beat.
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