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 for To beat the hoof
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beat \Beat\ (b[=e]t), v. t. [imp. Beat; p. p. Beat,
     Beaten; p. pr. & vb. n. Beating.] [OE. beaten, beten, AS.
     be['a]tan; akin to Icel. bauta, OHG. b[=o]zan. Cf. 1st
     Butt, Button.]
     1. To strike repeatedly; to lay repeated blows upon; as, to
        beat one's breast; to beat iron so as to shape it; to beat
        grain, in order to force out the seeds; to beat eggs and
        sugar; to beat a drum.
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              Thou shalt beat some of it [spices] very small.
                                                    --Ex. xxx. 36.
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              They did beat the gold into thin plates. --Ex.
                                                    xxxix. 3.
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     2. To punish by blows; to thrash.
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     3. To scour or range over in hunting, accompanied with the
        noise made by striking bushes, etc., for the purpose of
        rousing game.
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              To beat the woods, and rouse the bounding prey.
                                                    --Prior.
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     4. To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind.
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              A frozen continent . . . beat with perpetual storms.
                                                    --Milton.
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     5. To tread, as a path.
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              Pass awful gulfs, and beat my painful way.
                                                    --Blackmore.
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     6. To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game,
        etc.; to vanquish, defeat, or conquer; to surpass or be
        superior to.
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              He beat them in a bloody battle.      --Prescott.
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              For loveliness, it would be hard to beat that. --M.
                                                    Arnold.
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     7. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; -- often with
        out. [Colloq.]
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     8. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
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              Why should any one . . . beat his head about the
              Latin grammar who does not intend to be a critic?
                                                    --Locke.
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     9. (Mil.) To give the signal for, by beat of drum; to sound
        by beat of drum; as, to beat an alarm, a charge, a parley,
        a retreat; to beat the general, the reveille, the tattoo.
        See Alarm, Charge, Parley, etc.
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     10. to baffle or stump; to defy the comprehension of (a
         person); as, it beats me why he would do that.
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     11. to evade, avoid, or escape (blame, taxes, punishment);
         as, to beat the rap (be acquitted); to beat the sales tax
         by buying out of state.
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     To beat down, to haggle with (any one) to secure a lower
        price; to force down. [Colloq.]
  
     To beat into, to teach or instill, by repetition.
  
     To beat off, to repel or drive back.
  
     To beat out, to extend by hammering.
  
     To beat out of a thing, to cause to relinquish it, or give
        it up. "Nor can anything beat their posterity out of it to
        this day." --South.
  
     To beat the dust. (Man.)
         (a) To take in too little ground with the fore legs, as a
             horse.
         (b) To perform curvets too precipitately or too low.
  
     To beat the hoof, to walk; to go on foot.
  
     To beat the wing, to flutter; to move with fluttering
        agitation.
  
     To beat time, to measure or regulate time in music by the
        motion of the hand or foot.
  
     To beat up, to attack suddenly; to alarm or disturb; as, to
        beat up an enemy's quarters.
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     Syn: To strike; pound; bang; buffet; maul; drub; thump;
          baste; thwack; thrash; pommel; cudgel; belabor; conquer;
          defeat; vanquish; overcome.
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