to beat a hasty retreat




Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - beat a hasty retreat

"to beat a hasty retreat"

to quickly leave a place

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - beat a hasty retreat

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I thought you were going to get a cup of coffee? Where is your coffee?

Colleague 2:  Our manager and the director are arguing in the coffee room so I beat a hasty retreat.

Colleague 1:  Didn't want to get involved with the argument?

Colleague 2:  No thank you. I just turned around and got out of there as quickly as I could. Coffee can wait.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - beat a hasty retreat

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  This storm is starting to get really bad.

Friend 2:  What should we do?

Friend 1:  My mother always said that if you are out in a field and you see lightning that you should instantly beat a hasty retreat to somewhere safe.

Friend 2:  OK. Let's run to your house then.



to beat a hasty retreat - Usage:

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to beat a hasty retreat - Gerund Form:

Beating a hasty retreat, he turned around and ran when he realized there were unsavory characters down the dark alley.




to beat a hasty retreat - Examples:

1)  They will usually beat a hasty retreat whenever approached by a projector with a firm or confrontational attitude.

2)  So after a short time looking at the eclipse, we beat a hasty retreat down. It doesn't take us long to get to the relative safety ...

3)  They check out the nearest exit, just in case they need to beat a hasty retreat.

4)  ... we noticed heavy storm clouds building in the west, so decided to beat a hasty retreat to Giudecca Island before the storm broke.

5)  She beat a hasty retreat after being aggressively heckled by a young man who shouted that ...

6)  ... corresponding display of anger. You shrink back in your chair or beat a hasty retreat to the door.

7)  ... pleaded some previous engagement and, exhausted, we beat a hasty retreat to the bar of our hotel where the biggest whiskies were promptly ordered!

8)  ... and then prices tumbled as banks beat a hasty retreat from easy lending.

9)  I beat a hasty retreat indoors and vowed never, ever, to assist any police officer in future.

10)  Having in the past beat a hasty retreat from mobbed shops full of women practically rugby tackling each other over Christmas items, ...

11)  'Call me later?' she threw over her shoulder as she beat a hasty retreat out the side door. I watched her rush across the east lawn to ...

12)  ... came down with a stick and started running after me until I beat a hasty retreat and drove on.

13) ...   encountered some of our female attackers and terrorised them. We beat a hasty retreat.

14)  I heard Daddy coming from the cow shed and I beat a hasty retreat into the house.

15)  We had to beat a hasty retreat from his noisy, enthusiastic supporters to conduct an interview in the back of ...

16)  However doing it in the backseat will make it difficult for you beat a hasty retreat if and when the need arises.

17)  Unfortunately the weather was rather depressing when we arrived in Invercargill, and we beat a hasty retreat to some of the nearby attractions instead.

18)  Amidst sounds of muted laughter the senior male beat a hasty retreat.

19)  We jumped into the closest jeep and beat a hasty retreat.

20)  was obliged to beat a hasty retreat to escape the wrath of his royal patient, who disapproved of his treatment.