beat time

beat time

To demonstrate the tempo and rhythm of a piece of music via metronomic actions of the body, such as clapping one's hands, tapping one's feet, nodding one's head, etc. I can't help but beat time whenever I hear a song come on the radio. I always wanted to play an instrument, but I'm not good at beating time.
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beat time

Mark musical time by beating a drum, clapping, tapping the foot, or a similar means. For example, Even as a baby, Dave always beat time when he heard music. [Late 1600s]
See also: beat, time

beat ˈtime

show the rhythm of a piece of music by striking something, moving your hands, etc: She beat time with her fingers.
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References in classic literature ?
Perhaps not,' Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.
Denisov did not take his eyes off her and beat time with his saber in a way that clearly indicated that if he was not dancing it was because he would not and not because he could not.
He beat time with his forefinger to the singing upstairs; he asked me about
One after another they beat time absently with their fingers to the waltz which the musicians happened to be playing at the moment.
He had performed many eminent services for the crown, had great natural and acquired parts, adorned with integrity and honour; but so ill an ear for music, that his detractors reported, "he had been often known to beat time in the wrong place;" neither could his tutors, without extreme difficulty, teach him to demonstrate the most easy proposition in the mathematics.
Kids receive a Geox Beat Time voice-activated watch with every pair.
On an extremely windy day, the Netherland's Terpstra set a time of 14:03 on the out and back course at Losail to beat time trial world champion Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky and four-time time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara of Trek Factory Racing in the 10.
Cilla Black on the jury panel in TV's Beat Time for Oxfam with, from top left: Alan Freeman, Linda Lewis and Brian Epstein, and seated: Billy Hatton and Ringo Starr MIRRORPIX
Pay particular attention to pressure to truncate risk assessment procedures or make unwarranted assumptions to beat time constraints.
Time is the oldest, that's a fact, One can't beat time, to be exact.
Majenta (centre, below) should run well, but not well enough to beat Time For Action
Barot's compositions involved tricky, off beat time signatures and he even went beyond the standard jazz-fusion parameters as he infused complex Indian rhythms to his tunes.
At this point, they stand in the centre, select a song, and beat time with the hand.
But they will also have to beat time and conquer a stubborn English side that stands on the cusp of history.
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