to beat the band


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to beat the band

very briskly; very fast. He's selling computers to beat the band since he started advertising. She worked to beat the band to get ready for this.
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to beat the band

Also, to beat all. To the greatest possible degree. For example, The baby was crying to beat the band, or The wind is blowing to beat the band, or John is dressed up to beat all. This idiom uses beat in the sense of "surpass." The first term may, according to one theory, allude to a desire to arrive before the musicians who led a parade, so as to see the entire event. Another theory holds that it means "make more noise than (and thereby beat) a loud band." [Colloquial; late 1800s]
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to beat the band

in such a way as to surpass all competition. North American informal
1995 Patrick McCabe The Dead School He was polishing away to beat the band.
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to beat the band

mod. very hard and very fast. He’s selling computers to beat the band since he started advertising.
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to beat the band

To an extreme degree.
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There will also be live music, and baked goods to beat the band.
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She smoldered anew as Constance Weldon Carlyle on the short-lived "Flamingo Road" and smoldered to beat the band as wicked modeling maven Racine in the even shorter-lived "Paper Dolls.
I'm at an age when, theoretically, my biological clock should be ticking fit to beat the band, yet it remains fixed on mute.