Knock into shape by beating, as in She managed to beat out all the dents in the fender. [c. 1600]
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How to use beat out in a sentence
Thompson beat out Charles Hynes for Brooklyn DA, ending a reign that last more than 23 years.
There are rumors you beat out some heavy competition in Jessica Biel and Kristen Stewart.Margot Robbie on ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and the Perils of Having Sex On Top of a Pile of Cash | Marlow Stern | January 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Argentine pontiff, who will turn 77 on December 17, beat out an impressive field of competitors.
But Bettie, with a 97.19 average, was beat out by .14 points, and had to settle for Salutatorian status.‘Bettie Page Reveals All,’ A Close-Up Look at the Pinup Goddess and Sexual Icon | Marlow Stern | November 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
John Kerry beat out Susan Rice for the secretary of state job they both wanted.Susan Rice and John Kerry Will Battle For Obama’s Ear | Josh Rogin, Eli Lake | June 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Lets combine a flying machine with an iceboat and beat out everybody on the lake this winter!The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
With a bucket of water and a broomstick he beat out the fire, and went for a run to warm up.Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
He leaped to her, and held her tight with her arm against his breast, and beat out the fire with his hands.The Creators | May Sinclair
There was a soft westerly breeze at the time, which gave a short beat out to the Needles.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
But Peter didn't like him because his cap almost always fell off whenever he beat out a slow roller.The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun