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  • 1A punishment or assault in which the victim is hit repeatedly.

    ‘if he got dirt on his clothes he'd get a beating’
    • ‘torture methods included beating’
    • ‘This did not include punishment beatings by paramilitaries.’
    • ‘Disobedience led to punishment, including beatings, imprisonment, blackmail, and death threats.’
    • ‘Many of the so called punishment beatings issued are more commonly found to be retribution for engaging in trade on another persons patch.’
    • ‘Criminality and punishment beatings were only adjuncts to the substantive talks in December.’
    • ‘They are widely viewed as an alternative to paramilitary punishment attacks and beatings.’
    • ‘Police, who were called to the scene shortly before 8pm, believe Paul was the victim of a motiveless beating which could have involved up to 14 youths.’
    • ‘An American roller hockey player who was the victim of a vicious beating outside a Sheffield nightclub has been left blind in one eye.’
    • ‘Control was maintained by beatings and physical assault.’
    • ‘Indeed the war is not over, as according to this view, there are ongoing attacks and punishment beatings.’
    • ‘Her mother followed behind, a frazzled young woman who looked to be a victim of frequent beatings.’
    • ‘The soul of the samurai was judged for forty-nine days, and punished with a beating if his answers were not satisfactory to the ears of the fierce judge.’
    • ‘Punishment for women and girls who violate these laws include beatings and imprisonment.’
    • ‘The former civil servant has endured beatings, solitary confinement and death threats while in prison.’
    • ‘Many of those arrested reported beatings and instances of torture.’
    • ‘Seven men were involved in the beating, which left one of the victims with head gashes.’
    • ‘A man finds out his son is using heroin and decides to go punish the dealer with a sound beating.’
    • ‘A gunshot wound on the man's left arm did not appear sufficiently serious to have caused his death - the likely cause was internal bleeding following a beating.’
    • ‘The fight was indeed competitive but it probably afflicted him with the worst beating in his entire boxing career.’
    • ‘The submission of Clopton to his beating was symbolic of the defeat the Confederacy would suffer in less than a year.’
    battering, thrashing, thumping, pounding, pummelling, drubbing, slapping, smacking, hammering, hitting, striking, punching, knocking, thwacking, cuffing, buffeting, boxing, mauling, pelting, lambasting
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  • 2Pulsation or throbbing, especially of the heart.

    ‘I was still kneeling, perfectly still, hypnotized by the very alive beating of a heart.’
    • ‘Even the ones who threatened a wobbly lower lip and adulterous quick beating of the heart proved to be a thorough anti-climax.’
    • ‘‘I'm so tired,’ she murmured, listening to the faint, steady beating of his heart.’
    • ‘Roderick shouts out at one point ‘Do I not distinguish that heavy and horrible beating of her heart?’’
    • ‘Patients with atrial fibrillation (irregular beating of the heart) may be prescribed anticoagulants.’
    • ‘A computer simulation shows the spiral-shaped electrical waves that can interfere with the heart's normal beating.’
    • ‘I clambered over to him and rested my head on his chest, silently listening to the soft rhythmic beating of his heart as he absently ran his hand through my hair.’
    • ‘All I could hear was the loud rapid beating of my heart.’
    • ‘He assumes that the policemen can hear the old man's heart beating, even though only he can hear this beating of his own heart.’
    • ‘The first thing I was aware of was the slow, rhythmic beating of a heart.’
    pulsation, pulsating, pulse, pulsing, palpitating, throb, reverberation, reverberating
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  • 3A defeat in a competitive situation.

    ‘It was indeed a battle for the fittest and reputations did take a severe beating once the competitions gained momentum.’
    • ‘Chrysler, like Ford and GM, has taken a beating from Asian competitors thanks in part to a dated line-up of cars.’
    defeat, loss, conquest, vanquishing, trouncing, routing, overthrow, downfall
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/ˈbēdiNG/ /ˈbidɪŋ/


    take a beating
    • Suffer damage or hurt.

      • ‘her pride had taken a beating at his hands’
      • ‘The small landing craft bringing men and supplies from ship to shore took a beating from the shoals and rocks, with many suffering severe damage.’
      • ‘Some of those instant hand cleansers contain harsh ingredients and perfumes that can damage your skin, which is probably already taking a beating from cold, dry air.’
      • ‘Private equity funds took a beating during the Internet bubble years of 2000-01, when a number of venture capitalists lost their shirts investing in start-ups.’
      • ‘Viewers are watching today as the Florida Keys took a beating, while the victims of Katrina shook their heads in disbelief that Rita may also be coming their way.’
      • ‘The euro took a beating on all sides on Thursday from German budget woes, a Dutch government collapse and a looming referendum on European Union expansion plans.’
      • ‘By the close, the Footsie was off 175.7 points at 4274.0 as a host of sectors took a beating to send the index tumbling back from a seven-week high.’
      • ‘The umbrella took a beating, but I was unscathed.’
      • ‘In Mexico, the PRI has also took a beating when the political system was finally opened up following intense pressure from the people.’
      • ‘Stock markets across the globe took a beating from concern that exports to the world's largest economy were still far from recovering.’
      • ‘The markets in parts of California and New England took a beating in the early 1990s.’
      • ‘Although European markets held up, Asian markets took a beating.’
      • ‘Naturally, quality took a dip and the credentials of bands took a beating.’
      • ‘Western barley futures at the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange also took a beating on the news.’
      • ‘Kelly took a beating from some youths for his trouble, as he stood between the injured soldier and the angry crowd.’
      • ‘The new camera took a beating but I haven't got things together enough to post anything yet.’
      • ‘Around Christmas, when a quick browse could potentially turn in to a marathon online shopping expedition, the potential for abuse is clearly higher, with office productivity inevitably taking a beating.’
      • ‘Marvel Comics, along with their competitors, was taking a beating financially, and to many, the world of comics had fallen into the dark ages.’
      • ‘Now in the news, just a day from now south Florida is expected to be taking a beating from Hurricane Wilma.’
      • ‘If the team is not being beaten on the field, the board is taking a beating for the manner in which it is handling its affairs.’
      • ‘With each passing year, the safety record of the Indian Railways has been taking a beating.’
    take some beating
    British informal
    • Be difficult to surpass or defeat.

      • ‘last year's £2.3 million record will take some beating’