miss a beat

miss a beat

Hesitate momentarily, out of embarrassment or confusion. This expression is most often used in a negative context, as in He sidestepped the reporter's probe into his personal life without missing a beat, or Not missing a beat, she outlined all the reasons for her decision. This expression alludes to the regular beat of musical time. [Mid-1900s]
See also: beat, miss
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At 60-37 overall Modesto has the league's best record and didn't miss a beat when its best player - UCLA product Eric Byrnes - left for Double-A Midland on Monday.