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Definition of beetle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

beetle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbiːtl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːtl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they beetle
BrE BrE//ˈbiːtl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːtl//
 
he / she / it beetles
BrE BrE//ˈbiːtlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːtlz//
 
past simple beetled
BrE BrE//ˈbiːtld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːtld//
 
past participle beetled
BrE BrE//ˈbiːtld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːtld//
 
-ing form beetling
BrE BrE//ˈbiːtlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːtlɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] + adv./prep. (British English, informal) to move somewhere quickly synonym scurry I last saw him beetling off down the road. Word Origin Old English bitula, bitela ‘biter’, from the base of bītan ‘to bite’.
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