to beat the band
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- (idiomatic) Very vigorously; at a frantic pace; to a high degree; in large quantities.
1917, Jack London, chapter 7, in Michael, Brother of Jerry:
- Fifty dollars gold 'd buy beer to beat the band—enough to drown me if I fell in head first.
1921, P. G. Wodehouse, chapter 7, in The Little Warrior:
- Last time I saw you, you were a kiddy in short frocks, running around and shouting to beat the band.
1922, Peter B. Kyne, chapter 54, in Cappy Ricks Retires:
- You rile me to beat the band sometimes, Skinner.