beat the air

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beat the air

Also, beat the wind. Continue to make futile attempts, fight to no purpose. For example, The candidates for office were so much alike that we thought our vote amounted to beating the air . These phrases call up a vivid image of someone flailing away at nothing. [Late 1300s]
See also: air, beat
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Dave Milliner used a feeder to beat the wind on Willow Pool and net 30lb of rudd, tench and carp.
ERNIE ELS banged the drum for the over-forties last night and declared:"I've got all the skills to beat the wind and win the Open.
In the past, I've often found spots that look awesome, but they can't be hunted effectively because there are no trees that I can get high enough up in to beat the wind.
All week Mickelson has been saying this inland course provides the preparation he needs for the links at Carnoustie because he's using the same low shots under the tree line to beat the wind.
Four incredibly high turbines, naked concrete and steel goliaths in all their soulless beauty, are intended for that mountain, designed to beat the wind in an endless exasperating whine.
SCOTLAND'S Stephen Gallagher beat the wind to bag seven birdies and a place near the top of the leaderboard in the Portuguese Open at Cascais yesterday.
The 156-entry State Open field - 155 men and Charlotte Mayorkas of UCLA's national championship women's team - must tee off at their assigned times, with no clock control to beat the wind.
Tony Wale was the angler and he caught his mixture of fish by fishing close in to beat the wind.
In the Emergency Services League, just two games beat the wind and rain.
TIM HENMAN beat the wind, rain and Greg Rusedski to storm into the third round of the Hamburg Masters yesterday.
TURNBERRY TRIAL: But Nigel Edwards beat the wind and the rain to qualify for the matchplay stages of the Amateur championship
At the third attempt to beat the winds, the flight eventually landed at London Gatwick, where the relieved passengers met their arrival on safe ground with a round of applause.
Where the fish are and how to catch 'em ALDIN GRANGE LAKES 07901538587 / Sat Nav DH7 7AR J Ilderton beat the winds landing 12 trout on Zonkers and PTN.