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be still my beating heart

An exclamation that something is too exciting or overwhelming for one to bear; literally, that it is causing one's heart to beat too fast. In modern usage, it is almost always used sarcastically to imply that something is actually mundane, uninteresting, or unappealing. Usually shortened to "be still my heart." You want me to go shopping with you? Oh, be still, my beating heart! No, thank you. He said the majority of the work I'd be doing for him would entail—be still, my beating heart—copying text from one source to another.
See also: beating, heart, still

beat Banaghan

1. obsolete To be beyond the bounds of imagination or belief, as of a surprising, shocking, or amazing occurrence. Primarily heard in Ireland. The dog figured out how to open the latch on the fence, and the cows took off after him! This beats Banaghan, to be sure.
2. obsolete To tell amazing, imaginative stories. Primarily heard in Ireland. That auld fellow looks to be a sailor type; sure, he's been beating Banaghan to us all evening long.
See also: beat

beat Banagher

1. obsolete To be beyond the bounds of imagination or belief, as of a surprising, shocking, or amazing occurrence. Primarily heard in Ireland. The dog figured out how to open the latch on the fence, and the cows took off after him! This beats Banagher, to be sure.
2. obsolete To tells amazing, imaginative stories. Primarily heard in Ireland. That auld fellow looks to be a sailor type; sure, he's been beating Banagher to us all evening long.
See also: beat

take a beating

to be beaten, bested, or defeated. The candidate took a beating in the primaries. The team took quite a beating.
See also: beating, take

take a beating

1. to be severely defeated in a game or competition The Knights really took a beating in last night's game.
2. to lose a lot of money The company took a beating last year, losing about $50 million.
3. to be severely criticized The president took a beating from environmental groups yesterday.
4. to be damaged by something The southeast took another beating from the weather yesterday.
Related vocabulary: take a licking
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of take a beating (to be hit and badly hurt)
See also: beating, take

take a beating

to be defeated or to lose a lot of money The Knicks really took a beating in last night's game. The company took a beating last year, losing $50 million in profits.
See also: beating, take

take a beating

tv. to be beaten, bested, or defeated. The candidate took a beating in the runoffs.
See also: beating, take
References in classic literature ?
This it was which had caused the regular beating noise, and the rhythmic shocks that had kept our ruinous refuge quiver- ing.
The rain had ceased, and the hot sun was beating down so mercilessly upon her that Jane Porter insisted on making an immediate attempt to gain the land.
If he must die, why not die like a man--bravely; beating at that terrible face with his puny stick, no matter how futile it might be.
Far away in the clouds, it seemed, they could hear a faint humming, some new sound, something mechanical in its regular beating, yet with clamorous throatiness of some human force cleaving its way through the resistless air.
Don't be too hard on me," said the Officer, smiling; "I was beating him with a stuffed club.
1-4) Phoebus, of you even the swan sings with clear voice to the beating of his wings, as he alights upon the bank by the eddying river Peneus; and of you the sweet-tongued minstrel, holding his high-pitched lyre, always sings both first and last.
She planted herself in front of them brandishing her stick, and they stood in a row and stared at her in great astonishment; and she kept them off until one of the men from the farm arrived with a whip, and having found the cowherd sleeping peacefully in the shade, gave him a sound beating.
It seemed centuries--possibly it was no more than ten minutes that the beating continued.
Johnson, as Johnson, was unrecognizable; and not only that, for his features, as human features at all, were unrecognizable, so discoloured and swollen had they become in the few minutes which had elapsed between the beginning of the beating and the dragging forward of the body.
And who is there will deny that this worthy lady's preparations betokened affection as much as the fits of tears and hysterics by which more sensitive females exhibited their love, and that their partaking of this coffee, which they drank together while the bugles were sounding the turn-out and the drums beating in the various quarters of the town, was not more useful and to the purpose than the outpouring of any mere sentiment could be?
The hypocrite was looking and listening with all his might in the direction of George's apartments, striding about the room, upsetting the chairs, beating the tattoo, biting his nails, and showing other signs of great inward emotion.
When I touched her by accident I felt my heart beating fast, as it used to beat at Limmeridge House--I saw the lovely answering flush glowing again in her cheeks, as if we were back among the Cumberland Hills in our past characters of master and pupil once more.
I could almost fancy that this room is the summer-house at Limmeridge, and that those waves beyond us are beating on our seashore.
I got hold of Dmitri's hair and knocked him down and began beating him.
The porter and Koch and Pestryakov and the other porter and the wife of the first porter and the woman who was sitting in the porter's lodge and the man Kryukov, who had just got out of a cab at that minute and went in at the entry with a lady on his arm, that is eight or ten witnesses, agree that Nikolay had Dmitri on the ground, was lying on him beating him, while Dmitri hung on to his hair, beating him, too.