Beastly Drunk to Beauty and the Beast
Beastly Drunk It was an ancient notion that men in their cups exhibited the vicious qualities of beasts. Nash describes seven kinds of drunkards:- (1) The Ape-drunk, who leaps and sings; (2) The Lion-drunk, who is quarrelsome; (3) The Swine-drunk, who is sleepy and puking; (4) The Sheep-drunk, wise in his own conceit, but unable to speak, (5) The Martin-drunk, who drinks himself sober again; (6) The Goat- drunk, who is lascivious; and (7) The Fox-drunk, who is crafty, like a Dutchman in his cups. [See Maudlin. ]
Beat A track, line, or appointed range. A walk often trodden or beaten by the feet, as a policeman's
boat. The word means a beaten path.
Off his own beat his opinions were of no value.- Emerson: English Traite, chap. i.On his beat. In his appointed walk; on duty.
Out of his beat. In his wrong walk; out of his proper sphere.
To beat up one's quarters. To hunt out where one lives; to visit without ceremony. A military term, signifying to make an unexpected attack on an enemy in camp.
To beat up the quarters of some of our less-known relations.- Lamb: Essays of Elta.
Beat (To ). To strike. (Anglo-Saxon, beatan.)
So fight I, not as one that beateth the air.- I Cor. ix. 26.To beat the bush. One beat the bush and another caught the hare. Il a battu les buissons, et autre a pris les oiseaux. Il bat le buisson sans prendre les oisillons is a slightly different idea, meaning he has toiled in vain. Other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours (John iv. 48). The allusion is to beaters, whose business it is to beat the bushes and start the game for a shooting party.
To beat the Devil's Tattoo. (See Tattoo.)
To beat the Dutch. To draw a very long bow; to say something very incredible.
Well! if that don't beat the Dutch!To beat time. To mark time in music by beating or moving the hands, feet, or a wand.
To beat up supporters. To hunt them up or call them together, as soldiers are by beat of drum.
Beat (To ). To overcome or get the better of. This does not mean to strike, which is the Anglo-Saxon
beátan, but to better, to be better, from the Anglo-Saxon verb bétan.
I'm dead beat, but I thought I'd like to come in and see you all once more.- Roe: Without a Home, p. 32.Dead beat escapement (of a watch). One in which there is no reverse motion of the escape- wheel.
That beats Banagher. Wonderfully inconsistent and absurd - exceedingly ridiculous. Banagher is a town in Ireland, on the Shannon, in King's County. It formerly sent two members to Parliament, and was, of course, a famous pocket borough. When a member spoke of a family borough where every voter was a man employed by the lord, it was not unusual to reply, Well, that beats Banagher.
`Well,' says he, `to gratify them I will. So just a morsel. But, Jack, this beats Bannagher' (sic ).- W. B. Yeats: Fairy Tales of the Irish Peasantry, p. 196.That beats Termagant. Your ranting, raging promposity, or exaggeration, surpasses that of Termagant (q.v.).
To beat hollow is to beat wholly, to be wholly the superior.
To beat up against the wind. To tack against an adverse wind; to get the better of the wind.
Beat (French, abattre, to abate.)
Beaten to a Mummy Beaten so that one can distinguish neither form nor feature.
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