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beam with pride

To smile broadly and radiantly due to pride in something or someone. I was simply beaming with pride when my son was awarded his college diploma.
See also: beam, pride

broad across the beam

Of a person (typically female), having a large buttocks and/or thighs. A derogatory term, it refers to ships that have a wide breadth across. All the holiday eating always leaves me a bit broad across the beam!
See also: across, beam, broad

on (one's) beam-ends

In a precarious and/or desperate situation. The phrase was originally used to describe the tilted position of a ship before it capsizes. My sister's on her beam-ends now that she's lost her job—I might have to lend her some money so she doesn't lose her house. Tell me the truth, doc—am I on my beam-ends, or do I still have treatment options available?
See also: on

on the beam-ends

In a precarious and/or desperate situation. The phrase was originally used to describe the tilted position of a ship before it capsizes. My sister's on the beam-ends now that she's lost her job—I might have to lend her some money so she doesn't lose her house. Tell me the truth, doc—am I on the beam-ends, or do I still have treatment options available?
See also: on

be broad in the beam

1. (of a ship) To be particularly wide in the middle. Since that ship is broad in the beam, I doubt it will fit through the narrow channel.
2. (of a person) To have an ample buttocks. Because I'm broad in the beam, I doubt those pants will fit me.
See also: beam, broad

be off beam

To be inaccurate or wrong. Primarily heard in UK. I never once said that! Your reporter is completely off beam in her accusations. I thought I knew what real estate costs around here, but wow, I was totally off beam.
See also: beam, off

beam down

To be sent to Earth via teleportation, as in stereotypical portrayals of aliens coming to Earth from their spaceship. This humorous phrase usually suggests that one is crazy. Did he just beam down from outer space? There's no way that plan will work!
See also: beam, down

Beam me up, Scotty

Get me out of here! Take me away! This phrase comes from the TV show Star Trek, in which it was used (with slightly different wording) as a command to be brought back onto the starship Enterprise via a form of teleportation, often when faced with a dangerous situation. As screaming preschoolers ran all around me, all I could think was, "Beam me up, Scotty!"
See also: beam, Scotty

beam up

1. To teleport someone or something, as in the stereotypical portrayals of aliens returning to their spaceship from Earth. In this new sci-fi movie, ordinary people get beamed up to an alien spaceship.
2. To die. The old man down the street is back in the hospital, and his family is worried that he'll beam up this time.
See also: beam, up

broad in the beam

1. (of a ship) Particularly wide in the middle. Since that ship is broad in the beam, I doubt it will fit through the narrow channel.
2. (of a person) Having an ample buttocks. Because I'm broad in the beam, I doubt those pants will fit me.
See also: beam, broad

Beam me up, Scotty!

Get me out of here!; Take me away from this mess! (From the late 1960s television program StarTrek.) This place is really crazy! Beam me up, Scotty! I've heard enough! Beam me up, Scotty!
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beam someone or something up (to some place)

to transport someone or something (up) to something. (Originally in the context of a Star Trek adventure, but also used jocularly.) The captain asked the first mate to beam him up. Please beam up the crew, Roger. Beam me up so I can see your penthouse suite!
See also: beam, up

beam up

Sl. to die. (Alluding to the television program Star Trek.) Pete Dead? I didn't think he was old enough to beam up. I was so exhausted after climbing four flights that I was afraid I would beam up.
See also: beam, up

broad in the beam

 
1. Lit. [of a ship] wide at amidships. This old tub is broad in the beam and sits like a ball in the water, but I love her.
2. Fig. Inf. with wide hips or large buttocks. l am getting a little broad in the beam. It's time to go on a diet. John is just naturally broad in the beam.
See also: beam, broad

on the beam

Fig. exactly right; thinking along the correct lines. That's the right idea. Now you're on the beam! She's not on the beam yet. Explain it to her again.
See also: beam, on

steam someone's beam

Sl. to make someone angry. Being stood up really steams my beam! Come on, don't steam your beam. Remember how hard times are now.
See also: beam, steam

broad in the beam

Having broad hips or large buttocks. For example, I've grown too broad in the beam for these slacks. This expression originated in the 17th century and described the wideness of a ship. It began to be used for the human body only in the 1920s.
See also: beam, broad

off the beam

Off course, on the wrong track, as in He's way off the beam with that argument. This colloquial term and its antonym, on the beam, meaning "on the right track," allude to directing aircraft by means of radio beams. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
See also: beam, off

on the beam

see under off the beam.
See also: beam, on

be way off beam

BRITISH
If something is way off beam, it is completely wrong or mistaken. Some of his remarks were way off beam. Note: This refers to the use of a radio signal or beam to direct aircraft which were coming in to land. A radio transmitter on one side of the runway transmitted dots, or short tones, while one on the other side transmitted dashes, or long tones. If pilots were coming in on the right course, the dots and dashes merged and the pilots heard a continuous tone.
See also: beam, off, way

Beam me up, Scotty!

sent. Get me out of here!; Take me away from this mess! (From the television program Star Trek.) This place is really crazy! Beam me up, Scotty!
See also: beam

beam up

in. to die. (From the television program Star Trek.) Pete Dead? I didn’t think he was old enough to beam up.
See also: beam, up

early beam(s)

n. dawn; early morning. (Streets.) He was away every day, early black to early beam.
See also: beam, early

early beam

verb
See also: beam, early

(I-)beam

(ˈ(ɑɪ)bim)
n. IBM, International Business Machines stock shares. (see also big blue.) How much beam do you own?

beam

verb
See I-beam

on the beam

1. mod. homing in on an aviation radio beam. (No longer a major navigational device.) The plane was on the beam and landed safely in the fog.
2. mod. on the right course or track. (From sense 1) That is exactly right. You are right on the beam.
3. and beaming mod. under the effects of marijuana. (Drugs.) Walter is on the beam again. How can he hold a job?
4. mod. smart; clever. That was well done, Tom. You’re on the beam.
See also: beam, on

beaming

verb
See also: beam

steam someone’s beam

tv. to make someone angry. Come on, don’t steam your beam. Remember how hard times are now.
See also: beam, steam

on the beam

1. Following a radio beam. Used of aircraft.
2. On the right track; operating correctly.
See also: beam, on
References in classic literature ?
A fervor glowed in her whole aspect and beamed upon Giovanni's consciousness like the light of truth itself; but while she spoke there was a fragrance in the atmosphere around her, rich and delightful, though evanescent, yet which the young man, from an indefinable reluctance, scarcely dared to draw into his lungs.
Laure raised her head and looked tenderly at Ginevra; their faces beamed with the expression of a mutual affection.
he beamed good-naturedly, "or maybe you think you've strayed into Wall Street.
Her face beamed with satisfaction when the guest eyed the appointments with a supercilious glance.
It was all done in an instant, and there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side and the lady on the other, while the clergyman beamed on me in front.
here he beamed and blinked at the lecturer) "will excuse me when I say that they are necessarily both superficial and misleading, since they have to be graded to the comprehension of an ignorant audience.
The vagabonds, male and female, ranged themselves gently along her path, and their brutal faces beamed beneath her glance.
That's all splendid," thought Kitty, catching the words, "all that's just as it should be," and a smile of happiness, unconsciously reflected in everyone who looked at her, beamed on her radiant face.
Kouveliotou proposes that both classes stem from the same type of beamed source.