beats me

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A shortening of it beats me

Phrase[edit]

beats me

  1. (idiomatic, as response or with indirect question) I don't know; I have no idea.
    Do you have any idea what tergiversate means? Beats me!
    Beats me how he finds out when we're goofing off.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This expression is nearly always used in the present tense, first person, as given above.