retreat

[ ri-treet ]
/ rɪˈtrit /

noun

verb (used without object)

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Idioms for retreat

    beat a retreat, to withdraw or retreat, especially hurriedly or in disgrace.

Origin of retreat

1300–50; (noun) Middle English retret < Old French, variant of retrait, noun use of past participle of retraire to draw back < Latin retrahere (re- re- + trahere to draw; see retract1); (v.) late Middle English retreten < Middle French retraitier < Latin retractāre to retract2

SYNONYMS FOR retreat

8 leave, pull back.

ANTONYMS FOR retreat

1, 8, 9 advance.

synonym study for retreat

8. See depart.

OTHER WORDS FROM retreat

re·treat·al, adjectivere·treat·er, nounre·treat·ive, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH retreat

re-treat retreat
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British Dictionary definitions for beat a retreat

retreat
/ (rɪˈtriːt) /

verb (mainly intr)

noun

Word Origin for retreat

C14: from Old French retret, from retraire to withdraw, from Latin retrahere to pull back; see retract
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Idioms and Phrases with beat a retreat (1 of 2)

beat a retreat

Also, beat a hasty retreat. Reverse course or withdraw, usually quickly. For example, I really don't want to run into Jeff—let's beat a retreat. This term originally (1300s) referred to the military practice of sounding drums to call back troops. Today it is used only figuratively, as in the example above.

Idioms and Phrases with beat a retreat (2 of 2)

retreat

see beat a retreat.

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