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 Beastly Drunk.Beat (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
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.   1
   Not in my beat. Not in my line; not in the range of my talents or inclination.   2
   Off his beat. Not on duty; not in his appointed walk; not his speciality or line.   3
        “Off his own beat his opinions were of no value.”—Emerson: English Traitt, chap. i.
   On his beat. In his appointed walk; on duty.   4
   Out of his beat. In his wrong walk; out of his proper sphere.   5
   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.   6
        “To beat up the quarters of some of our less-known relations.”—Lamb: Essays of Elia.
 


 Beastly Drunk.Beat (To). 

 
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