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beater

1. noun A car that is in poor condition, typically a very old one. You won't be able to drive that old beater forever, you know.
2. noun By extension, something that one uses because it is already in poor condition, so as to not damage or risk something newer and/or in better condition. I'm so afraid that my nice bike will get stolen that most of the time I just end up riding my beater.
3. adjective Describing something that one uses because it is already in poor condition, so as to not damage or risk something newer and/or in better condition. I'm so afraid that my nice bike will get stolen that most of the time I just end up riding my beater bike.

boy-beater

A tank top typically worn under other clothes. Also known as a "wife-beater." You can't go out in just a boy-beater—put something else on.

egg-beater

1. slang A helicopter. A: "Do you hear that egg-beater?" B: "Yes, it must be from the local news station."
2. slang A small motor on an outboard. Why isn't the boat moving? Is there something wrong with the egg-beater?

wife-beater

1. Literally, a person who physically assaults their wife. The world was shocked to learn that the hugely popular musician was a savage wife-beater.
2. slang By extension, a tank top typically worn under other clothes. Also known as a "boy-beater." You can't go out in just a wife-beater—put something else on over it. One of our neighbors sits out on his front porch all day during the summer wearing nothing but a dirty wife-beater and a pair of boxer briefs.

world-beater

Someone or something that is far superior to any other person or thing in a given category or area. The documentary traces the athlete's journey from an impoverished amateur to a superstar world-beater. While it is certainly an impressive machine, I think the very high cost and relative lack of worthwhile apps may prevent the public from seeing it as a real world-beater.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

beater

n. a junky old car. I like my old beater even if it has no bumpers.

boy-beater

n. a sleeveless shirt or undershirt allegedly for women or homosexuals. (From the wife-beater.) They sat there looking macho in their tints and boy-beater.

egg-beater

1. n. an outboard boat motor. My egg-beater has been acting up, so I didn’t go out on the lake today.
2. n. a helicopter. (see also rotorhead.) The egg-beater landed on the hospital roof.

wife-beater

n. a sleeveless undershirt. (see also boy-beater.) He always wears wife-beaters with no outer shirt.

world-beater

n. an aggressive and ambitious person. They hired an alleged world-beater to manage the office.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The mechanism is comprised of the housing with removable wear plates on the inner diameter, a flat plate and a beater plate often referred to as a "wear plate with teeth."
A BEATER working on a Highland estate has been awarded pounds 428 by a tribunal after earning less than the minimum wage.
Then, exactly a minute after it was shot, a beater walked over.
Running scared: The fox' Agonising end: The fox is clubbed by a beater after being shot by the party led by Philip, left
A minute after it was shot, a beater walked over and clubbed the fox once on the head with his stick.
In the feeding section, fibers pass through a beater roller with special needle bars for a gentle fiber opening.