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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

to withdraw from a place very quickly. We went out into the cold weather, but beat a retreat to the warmth of our fire. The dog beat a hasty retreat to its own yard.
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beat a retreat

Also, beat a hasty retreat. Reverse course or withdraw, usually quickly. For example, I really don't want to run into Jeff-let's beat a retreat. This term originally (1300s) referred to the military practice of sounding drums to call back troops. Today it is used only figuratively, as in the example above.
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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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beat a (hasty) reˈtreat

go away quickly from somebody/something: I had a terrible headache from all the noise and smoke at the party, so my wife and I beat a hasty retreat.In the past, the beat of a drum was sometimes used to keep soldiers marching in the same rhythm when they were retreating (= moving away from the enemy).
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beat a retreat

To make a hasty withdrawal.
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beat a (hasty/quick) retreat, to

To withdraw, back down, or reverse course, usually without delay. The term comes from the military practice of sounding drums to recall troops behind the lines, or to some other position. In earlier days wind instruments, most often trumpets, were used for this purpose. Among the references to this practice is “Thai had blawen the ratret,” in John Barbour’s The Bruce (1375). Much later the expression was used figuratively to mean the same as the simple verb to retreat, and then, in the mid-nineteenth century, it became a cliché. A newer version is to beat a strategic retreat, basically a euphemism for a forced withdrawal. It came into use during World War I, as the German high command’s explanation of retiring from the Somme in 1917. In the civilian vocabulary, it came to mean yielding a point or backing down from a position in an argument.
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In virtue ethics, hastiness, as well as being a fruit of impatience, results from a lack of inner peace.
Plaintiffs third and final theory was that even if these two decisions were discretionary and susceptible to policy analysis, the discretionary function exception was not applicable under the negligent guard theory, which provides that an official who fails to perform his discretionary duty because of laziness, hastiness or general carelessness may still pose liability to the government.
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In response to allegations for a hastiness by the President, he emphasised on concrete deadlines, set by the previous government of CEDB, for assessment of the offers./FOCUS News Agency
Acne could lead to psychological problems, including low self-esteem, lower self-attitude and self-worth, low levels of body satisfaction, hastiness, avoidance, depression, anxiety, shame, suicidal thoughts and attempts, and difficulties in applying for a job.47-51
Now, the character traits of most people in respect of the obligation of reliance and its inception, and of such qualities by virtue of which they become deserving of the designation of reliance, are that they harbour hastiness in their hearts, become disconcerted when denied, prone to agitation in the heart over something they deem to be an affliction, given over to preoccupation with causes and digging into them, and love of plenty, avid desire for amassing wealth, and fretfulness over loss and joyfulness over gain.
* "My hastiness to complete projects ahead of schedule and accomplish tasks quickly is often viewed as efficiency, but on a personal level I desire to put forth more care into my work";
and the Arab media has lost its professionalism." It pointed out that the attempted coup in Turkey has renewed "direct confrontation" between some of the Arab media and the people of the Arab spring; in which, for example, a wave of severe criticism has attacked some of the channels, newspapers and websites for their hastiness that resulted in broadcasting false news, such as the Egyptian broadcasts.
Moreover, the hastiness through which the Chair of the AUHIP elected to conclude the consultation and pass the RMA, only after four days of a unique gathering that brought together, for the first time, armed and civil opposition groups, has resulted in the refusal of these groups to sign the document.
-Var of a father arriving at the scene with hastiness
The hastiness of the request made by the lady prosecutor was rather suspicious because it came just a few hours after the Japanese national's arrest.
Tiller's decision to use deadly force from the perspective of a 'Monday morning quarterback.'" As in the case of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old Cleveland boy who was killed in 2014 because someone saw him playing with an Airsoft pellet gun, the officer's hastiness counts in his favor, and the recklessness of his approach does not figure in his legal culpability.
Now I would like to regard this certainty, not as something akin to hastiness or superficiality, but as a form of life.
The hastiness of the binders' work at folding, cutting, and sewing is evident in the many askew pages that appear in surviving copies, as well as the bulging spines of some, a symptom that, to the specialist's eye, indicates overly tight binding.
The participants learn the resistance to seduction, tolerance, recovery of self-esteem, blessing of awakening, tears, appreciation, emptiness, encounter, pain of hastiness, composure and slowness, and meditation through the arrows on the way after the travel.