beat it

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbiˌdɪt/
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beat it (third-person singular simple present beats it, present participle beating it, simple past beat it, past participle beat it or beaten it)

  1. (idiomatic, chiefly as imperative, derogatory, colloquial, dismissal) To leave; to go away.
    Synonyms: beat a retreat, hit it; see also Thesaurus:go away
    • 1916, United States. Commission on Industrial Relations, Francis Patrick Walsh, Basil Maxwell Manly, Industrial relations: Final report and testimony, page 10986:
      [] and he said, "You beat it." So I beat it two squares up to Seventeenth Street and went into a saloon.
    • 1983, Michael Jackson (lyrics and music), “Beat It”, in Thriller:
      Showin' how funky and strong is your fight / It doesn't matter who's wrong or right / Just beat it
  2. (idiomatic, US, Canada, vulgar, colloquial) To masturbate, usually a man of himself.
    Synonyms: beat off; see also Thesaurus:masturbate
  3. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see beat,‎ it.