beat a hasty retreat


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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

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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The mother is then seen carrying away the whimpering cub in her mouth as the three bears beat a hasty retreat from Havard's backyard.
US wildlife photographer Steve Kaslowski, 40, from Seattle, was forced to beat a hasty retreat when this female bear took a close interest during an expedition to Norway's remote Svalbard archipelago in August.
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For your own self-preservation you need to beat a hasty retreat and don't go back or look back.
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The builders who saw what happened were very angry and the warden beat a hasty retreat.
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He said: "It certainly caused a bit of excitement in the car and we had to beat a hasty retreat.
The surprised crook beat a hasty retreat and fled out of the same window he had broken in by.
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