- a flag-lowering ceremony held at sunset on a military post.
- the bugle call or drumbeat played at this ceremony.
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for retreat
Origin of retreat
ANTONYMS FOR retreat
synonym study for retreat
OTHER WORDS FROM retreatre·treat·al, adjectivere·treat·er, nounre·treat·ive, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH retreatre-treat retreat
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British Dictionary definitions for beat a retreat
verb (mainly intr)
- a withdrawal or retirement in the face of the enemy
- a bugle call signifying withdrawal or retirement, esp (formerly) to within a defended fortification
Word Origin for retreat
Idioms and Phrases with beat a retreat (1 of 2)
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)
see beat a retreat.