beat out

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beat out (third-person singular simple present beats out, present participle beating out, simple past beat out, past participle beaten out or beat out)

  1. To sound a rhythm on a percussion instrument such as a drum.
    The drummer beat out a steady slow march.
  2. To extinguish.
    He managed to beat the flames out with a blanket.
  3. (US) To defeat by a narrow margin.
    She beat out three other contenders to claim the prize.