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beating

[bee-ting] /ˈbi tɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that beats, as to punish, clean, mix, etc.:
Give the rug a good beating.
2.
a defeat or reverse; loss; setback:
Several stocks took a beating in the market today.
3.
pulsation; throbbing:
the beating of her heart.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English betynge. See beat, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for beatings

beating

/ˈbiːtɪŋ/
noun
1.
a whipping or thrashing, as in punishment
2.
a defeat or setback
3.
take some beating, take a lot of beating, to be difficult to improve upon
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Word Origin and History for beatings

beating

n.

c.1200, beatunge "action of inflicting blows," verbal noun from beat (v.). Meaning "pulsation" is recorded from c.1600.

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Slang definitions & phrases for beatings

beating

Related Terms

gum-beating, take a beating


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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