off the beaten path

beaten

[beet-n]
adjective
1.
formed or shaped by blows; hammered: a dish of beaten brass.
2.
much trodden; commonly used: a beaten path.
3.
defeated; vanquished; thwarted.
4.
overcome by exhaustion; fatigued by hard work, intense activity, etc.
5.
(of food) whipped up, pounded, pulverized, or the like: adding three beaten eggs.
Idioms
6.
off the beaten track/path, novel; uncommon; out of the ordinary: a tiny shop that was off the beaten track.

Origin:
before 1100; Middle English beten, Old English bēaten, past participle of bēatan to beat

underbeaten, adjective
well-beaten, adjective
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beaten (ˈbiːtən)
 
adj
1.  defeated or baffled
2.  shaped or made thin by hammering: a bowl of beaten gold
3.  much travelled; well trodden (esp in the phrase the beaten track)
4.  off the beaten track
 a.  in or into unfamiliar territory
 b.  out of the ordinary; unusual
5.  (of food) mixed by beating; whipped
6.  tired out; exhausted
7.  hunting (of woods, undergrowth, etc) scoured so as to rouse game

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beaten
"hammered" (of metal, etc.), c.1300, from pp. of beat (v.). Meaning "defeated" is from 1560s; that of "repeatedly struck" is from 1590s.
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beat (bēt)
v. beat, beat·en (bēt'n), beat·ing, beats

  1. To strike repeatedly.

  2. To pulsate; throb.

n.
A stroke, impulse, or pulsation, especially one that produces a sound as of the heart or pulse.
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beat   (bēt)  Pronunciation Key 
A fluctuation or pulsation, usually repeated, in the amplitude of a signal. Beats are generally produced by the superposition of two waves of different frequencies; if the signals are audible, this results in fluctuations between louder and quieter sound.
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