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beaten

[beet-n] /ˈbit 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
1100
before 1100; Middle English beten, Old English bēaten, past participle of bēatan to beat
Related forms
underbeaten, adjective
well-beaten, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for well-beaten

beaten

/ˈbiːtən/
adjective
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
  1. in or into unfamiliar territory
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for well-beaten

beaten

adj.

"hammered" (of metal, etc.), c.1300, from past participle of beat (v.), which alternates with beat with some distinctions of sense. Meaning "defeated" is from 1560s; that of "repeatedly struck" is from 1590s.

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