Beat

Beat

, n. 1. One that beats, or surpasses, another or others; as, the beat of him. [Colloq.]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. The act of one that beats a person or thing; as: (a) (Newspaper Cant) The act of obtaining and publishing a piece of news by a newspaper before its competitors; also, the news itself; -- also called a scoop or exclusive.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

It's a beat on the whole country.
Scribner's Mag.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

(b) (Hunting) The act of scouring, or ranging over, a tract of land to rouse or drive out game; also, those so engaged, collectively. "Driven out in the course of a beat." Encyc. of Sport.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Bears coming out of holes in the rocks at the last moment, when the beat is close to them.
Encyc. of Sport.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

(c) (Fencing) A smart tap on the adversary's blade.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

 

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