can you beat it/that?

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can you beat it/that?

1. A question asking if one can outdo something, such as an attempt at something by someone else. I just did 20 pushups—can you beat that? This is the offer I have from the other dealership. Can you beat it?
2. Can you believe it/that? (An expression of surprise or dismay.) Tom and I were supposed to get together tonight, but he never showed—can you beat that? And then she just walked out, without even saying hello to me! Can you beat it?
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ˌcan you ˈbeat it/ˈthat?

(spoken) used to express disbelief, surprise, annoyance, etc: Can you beat that? He’s just broken another glass.
See also: beat, can
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