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to beat the band

very briskly; very fast. He's selling computers to beat the band since he started advertising. She worked to beat the band to get ready for this.
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to beat the band

Also, to beat all. To the greatest possible degree. For example, The baby was crying to beat the band, or The wind is blowing to beat the band, or John is dressed up to beat all. This idiom uses beat in the sense of "surpass." The first term may, according to one theory, allude to a desire to arrive before the musicians who led a parade, so as to see the entire event. Another theory holds that it means "make more noise than (and thereby beat) a loud band." [Colloquial; late 1800s]
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to beat the band

in such a way as to surpass all competition. North American informal
1995 Patrick McCabe The Dead School He was polishing away to beat the band.
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to beat the band

mod. very hard and very fast. He’s selling computers to beat the band since he started advertising.
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to beat the band

To an extreme degree.
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Old Mother Hubbard was boosting me to beat the band as a genuine Pomeranian-Hambletonian-Red-Irish-Cochin-China-Stoke-Pogis fox terrier.
Any jackass gets aboard one and runs it from hell to breakfast, blowin' his whistle to beat the band and tellin' the rest of the world to look out for him, because he's comin' and can't look out for himself
Why, Saxon, I've fought battles, good ones, frazzlin' my silk away to beat the band before whisky-soaked, smokin' audiences of rotten fight-fans, that just made me sick clean through.
I had only been out of the truck for five minutes when this boy came charging up over the hill, grunting to beat the band.
Kelly said: "Whether it's headlining or opening up, you want to scare the band that's coming on after you and beat the band that has been before you.
The next thing we knew, we were unloading tomato plants to beat the band.
The exciting new corporate brand had everyone in fine form at top Dublin nightspot Krystle, where we danced to beat the band - and squeezed in a few drinks as well.
This year, onions, kale, and tomatoes are already growing to beat the band.
As the uproarious trio from Beat the Band and Swim the Fly return, sensitive Sean takes the spotlight.
And this is a diplomatic illness to beat the band," Bolton said of recent news that Clinton had fainted and suffered a concussion that resulted in a rare cancellation of an overseas trip.
There will also be live music, and baked goods to beat the band.
The same might be said of Beat The Band, who should really be claiming a long overdue success in the Scottish Racing Mares' Maiden Hurdle at Musselburgh.
They have also all come through the ranks as winners, with minor and under-21 medals to beat the band.
The daughter of Beneficial, owned by Collins' neighbour Killian McDonnell, proceeded to outbattle favourite Beat The Band from the turn into the straight to win by a deserved length.
The 110 has performance enough to beat the band, with massive overtaking ability and will still average 47mpg.