off the beaten track

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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Idioms & Phrases

off the beaten track

An unusual route or destination, as in We found a great vacation spot, off the beaten track. This term alludes to a well-worn path trodden down by many feet and was first recorded in 1860, although the phrase beaten track was recorded in 1638 in reference to the usual, unoriginal way of doing something.

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