Meaning of BEAT A RETREAT in English

BEAT A RETREAT

v. phr. 1. To give a signal, esp. by beating a drum, to go back. The Redcoats' drums were beating a retreat. 2. To run away. They beat a retreat when they saw that they were too few. The cat beat a hasty retreat when he saw the dog coming.

Compare: BACK DOWN, FALL BACK.

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