Beat the Bushes

Meaning of Idiom ‘Beat the Bushes (for something or someone)’ To beat the bushes means to search everywhere for someone or something; to search thoroughly. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. This idiom … Read more

Beat Around the Bush

Also: Beat about the bush Meaning Of Idiom ‘Beat Around the Bush’ To beat around the bush means to avoid speaking about something or be evasive and overly cautious; to not really say what one means, especially when one feels the topic is too important, upsetting or sensitive, or when one’s knowledge of the subject … Read more

March to the Beat of a Different Drummer

Meaning of Idiom ‘March to the Beat of a Different Drummer (or Tune)’ To ‘march to the beat of a different drummer’ means to act independently and to behave differently than what is expected or is the norm. Someone who “marches to his own beat” is a person who is not constrained by social norms … Read more

Beat (someone) To It

Meaning of Idiom ‘Beat (someone) To It’ To do get ahead of someone and do something before they can do it or to obtain something before they can attain it. Example Of Use “Hey, I wanted the last ice cream bar,” said Jane. “Looks like I beat you to it,” said John. “He tried to … Read more

Beat It

Meaning of Idiom ‘Beat It’ To beat it means to leave immediately; go away [commad] 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. 2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage Beat it is still a slang term and it usually used as an order to tell someone to go away quickly, … Read more

Beat A Retreat

Also: Beat a hasty retreat Meaning of Idiom ‘Beat a Retreat’ To beat a retreat means to quickly withdraw or reverse course; to quickly leave a place after entering it. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. 2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. Usage “The woman, after seeing her ex-husband … Read more

Bang One’s Head Against A Brick Wall

Also: Beat One’s Head Against a Brick Wall Bang/beat one’s head against a wall Meaning of Idiom ‘Bang One’s Head Against a Brick Wall’ To bang one’s head against a (brick) wall means to stubbornly continue trying to achieve an objective that is almost impossible. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. 2Ayto, … Read more