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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HAVING so far been blessed with plenty of sunshine in southern Austria, the Sky Blues had to beat a hasty retreat after an electric storm cut short Wednesday afternoon's shape session.
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"Shocked by what he had seen, Mr Barker beat a hasty retreat and waited outside for the ambulance and police to arrive."
After a barrage of questions from one of them, Annie Kohli, Kejriwal beat a hasty retreat, only to come out later and rubbish her questions.
He may, of course, be married (or in a steady relationship) and when you stumbled into his local pub where he is known, he felt he had no option but to beat a hasty retreat!
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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.
A POLITICIAN beat a hasty retreat from an election rally - after realising he was accidentally addressing a crowd of his main opponents.
DRUMMERS forced to beat a hasty retreat after complaints about noise will soon be back in business.
For your own self-preservation you need to beat a hasty retreat and don't go back or look back.
"The builders who saw what happened were very angry and the warden beat a hasty retreat.
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