beats me

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beats me definition


  1. tv.
    [the answer is] not known to me. (The emphasis is on me.) : I don't know the answer. Beats me!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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beats me

This baffles or puzzles me, as in I don't know how he does itbeats 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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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