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beat a (hasty) retreat

To leave a place or situation quickly. I beat a hasty retreat when I saw my ex-boyfriend walk into the party. When the rain started, everyone on the field beat a retreat indoors.
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beat a (hasty) retreat

to withdraw from a place very quickly. We went out into the cold weather, but beat a retreat to the warmth of our fire. The dog beat a hasty retreat to its own yard.
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beat a retreat

Also, beat a hasty retreat. Reverse course or withdraw, usually quickly. For example, I really don't want to run into Jeff-let's beat a retreat. This term originally (1300s) referred to the military practice of sounding drums to call back troops. Today it is used only figuratively, as in the example above.
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beat a hasty retreat

If you beat a hasty retreat, you leave a place quickly in order to avoid an embarrassing or dangerous situation. Cockburn decided it was time to beat a hasty retreat. Note: People sometimes just say that someone beats a retreat. I can still beat a retreat to my own hotel, and pretend that none of this ever happened. Note: Other adjectives such as quick and rapid are sometimes used instead of hasty. You weren't tempted to change your mind and beat a quick retreat?
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beat a hasty retreat

withdraw, typically in order to avoid something unpleasant.
In former times, a drumbeat could be used to keep soldiers in step while they were retreating.
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beat a (hasty) reˈtreat

go away quickly from somebody/something: I had a terrible headache from all the noise and smoke at the party, so my wife and I beat a hasty retreat.In the past, the beat of a drum was sometimes used to keep soldiers marching in the same rhythm when they were retreating (= moving away from the enemy).
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beat a retreat

To make a hasty withdrawal.
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Scores on these measures of organization (TOI) and hastiness (DHI) provide important indications for a treatment plan to alleviate the effects of the deficits or developmental delays these children may exhibit.
Municipal decisions are taken, at what seems to the casual observer, rather randomly enforced with ridiculous speed--which is excellent, when you think of the flower beds and rock gardens they create in an instant and maintain all year round, but not quite as excellent when you consider the hoards of people left looking for a roof over the heads due to their hastiness.
16) Heatherington says: "Besides heat, there appear here several of the qualities which Donne will mention again in connection with zeal, sometimes approvingly, sometimes not: hastiness, .
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Gall and Appenzell were of one mind about the nature of their disagreement: Marpeck accused these congregations of hastiness and coercion in church discipline, and the congregations believed Marpeck used freedom to justify sin.
The hastiness with which the EU accepted the Greek Cypriot administration as a member caused difficulties in solving the Cyprus problem," Toptan said.
The army chief has been asked to furnish clarification within 24 hours on the army's recent recruitment, its hastiness in reinstating eight generals retired by the government and its decision not to participate in the recent National Games owing to participation by rebel army,'' said Krishna Bahadur Mahara, government spokesman and minister for Information and Communication.
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Hastiness in policy implementation without adequate planning or preparation also seemed to play a role in the translation of policy into actual classroom practice.
Today's news media move at such "reckless speed" that accuracy gets crippled, gasbaggery supplants thought and hastiness shoves aside deliberation.
He is certainly censured for the hastiness of his heretical thoughts, but only because he has failed to try everything else first, namely the exorcism of Lithia.
31) Exploited in films such as The Stranger (Orson Welles, 1946), and Secret Beyond the Door (Fritz Lang, 1948), it continues to be relevant in the neo-gothic Deceived through the hastiness with which Adrienne and Jack get together.
Indifference, hastiness, or haughtiness--to name a few of the vices to which professors may be prone--at the head of a class on the history of morality and religion risks engendering in students a moral relativism that treats all ideas as equally valid or a nihilism that holds all claims about justice and the human good to be equally false.
They are wise, but they have linked action with hastiness, and they have failed to protect their trees.