Definition of beating noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbiːtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːtɪŋ//
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  1. 1[countable] an act of hitting somebody hard and repeatedly, as a punishment or in a fight to give somebody a beating They caught him and gave him a violent beating.
  2. 2[countable] (informal) a very heavy defeat The team has taken a few beatings this season.
  3. 3[uncountable] a series of regular blows to something such as a drum, or movements of something, such as your heart; the sound that this makes He could hear the beating of his own heart. the beating of drums/wings
  4. Idioms (British English) to be difficult to do or be better than As a place to live, Oxford takes some beating.
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