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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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retreat (from something) (to some place)

to withdraw from something to some place. The army retreated from the battlefield to the safety of the forest. They retreated to the other side of the river.

beat a (hasty) retreat

to quickly leave When the cold grows overwhelming, visitors can beat a retreat to Joe Mulligan's warm bar and restaurant.
Etymology: based on the military meaning of beat a retreat (to drum a signal to soldiers that they are to move back from a fight, usually one they have lost)
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beat a retreat

to leave a place because it is dangerous or unpleasant When the cold grows overwhelming, visitors can beat a retreat to Joe Mulligan's warm saloon. When we saw the police arriving we beat a hasty retreat.
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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 retreat

To make a hasty withdrawal.
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References in classic literature ?
The former retreated to their pavilions, and the latter, gathering themselves up as they could, withdrew from the lists in disgrace and dejection, to agree with their victors concerning the redemption of their arms and their horses, which, according to the laws of the tournament, they had forfeited.
Setting out again in the evening, we passed so near a village where these robbers had retreated that the dogs barked after us.
But I did not stay to look, I promise you: I retreated again, and when my second match had ended, I struck my third.
They slowly retreated, with their faces still toward the spluttering woods, and their hot rifles still replying to the din.
It was evident a party of Blackfeet had been frightened from their hunting camp, and had retreated, probably to seek reinforcements.
The bear again lowered himself on all fours, retreated some twenty yards further, and again turned, reared, showed his teeth, and growled.
Grasping my long-sword tightly in my hand, I backed slowly along the corridor away from the thing that watched me, but ever as I retreated the eyes advanced, nor was there any sound, not even the sound of breathing, except the occasional shuffling sound as of the dragging of a dead limb, that had first attracted my attention.
The dogs in the past who retreated had been rejected by men.
White Fang, on the verge of retreat, would have retreated, leaving the meat to him.