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.
American idioms English vocabulary. Английский словарь американских идиом. 2012