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- v. To leave hastily in the face of opposition.
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- v. depart hastily
See beat ("to signal beating a drum") (Wiktionary)
Unable to evict the somewhat man-handled Venus from his couch, he beat a retreat and retired, it is said, to his mother’s house in Tevershall.