This baffles or puzzles me, as in I don't know how he does it—beats me! This term originally may have alluded to a winning poker hand. It may also be related to the even earlier usage of beat for “astonished” or “at a loss.” [Slang; mid-1800s]
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“Light trumps darkness, hope beats despair, grace wins over sin, love defeats hate, life conquers death,” the cardinal said.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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Sister Cristina's lyrics also omit such lines as, “Feels so good inside, when you hold me, and your heart beats, and you love me.”What Does a Pop-Star Nun Sing? Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin,’ Of Course|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With juries, admissions tend to trump other evidence as much as a full house beats two of a kind.
As a result, they frequently hit the same story beats and rarely surprise.Stop Hating on ‘Modern Family’ (But Also Stop Giving It Emmys)|Jason Lynch|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It beats punching cows, though—that is, when a fellow discovers that he isn't a successful cowpuncher.
He wears it fastened around his throat, turning his head from side to side as he blows, while with his hands he beats a drum.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
It is merely occupied with the number of times the pulse beats per minute in different positions of the body.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
"It beats me why they're pecking around over the same ground so much," Mac observed.
It beats what Mrs. Case told us about ski 127 running in Sweden, cried Jess, who was delighted with the experience.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison