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Definition of beating noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] an act of hitting someone hard and repeatedly, as a punishment or in a fight to give someone a 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
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