beat a retreat love

Definitions

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  • v. To leave hastily in the face of opposition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. depart hastily

Etymologies

See beat ("to signal beating a drum") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

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