Значение идиомы beat a retreat

[beat a retreat] {v. phr.} 1. To give a signal, esp. by beating a drum, to go back.

The Red coats’ 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.


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