Repulse, drive away by blows, as in We tried to beat off the flying ants swarming about us. Originating in the mid-1600s in a military context, this term was being used for other activities by the mid-1700s.
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Although the blood-spattered offices will be off-limits, staff have vowed to continue producing the magazine.
A passing off-duty school safety officer named Fred Lucas said that he had been told the man was a drug dealer.
He beat his illness twice, wrote about his battles with the disease, and continued broadcasting even as his health was failing.
It went into remission, but it would resurface in 2011; and Scott was able to beat it once again.
The NOPD fired Knight in 1973 for stealing lumber from a construction site as an off-duty cop.
Even if poverty were gone, the flail could still beat hard enough upon the grain and chaff of humanity.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
A far-off volley rumbled over the plain, and a few birds stirred uneasily among the trees.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
His face flushed with annoyance, and taking off his soft hat he began to beat it impatiently against his leg as he walked.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The pulse in Louis's temples beat hard; yet he was determined not to anticipate, but make Wharton explain himself.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
To be sure, he hadn't seen Mrs. Robin go, but he had heard the beat of her wings as she began her flight.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey