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    #1

    "Go on, beat it!"

    Hello, everyone.

    beat it (slang)
    to go away immediately I told the kid to beat it, and that's the last I saw of him. She said she was going to pack her bag and beat it back to Tennessee.
    Usage notes: often used as an order: Go on, beat it!
    beat it - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    As you see above, 'beat it' means 'to go away'. Also, it means to leave someplace. I have no problem with its definition. But when I saw the usage notes, I failed interpreting it because the phrasal verb go on and the slang beat it have been put together in one line. As a result, I couldn’t figure it out.

    Question: Does Go on, beat it! mean keep on working, please?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Odessa Dawn; 22-Apr-2013 at 16:41. Reason: Mistake.

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    Re: "Go on, beat it!"

    Why do you think "beat it" means "to leave something"?

    "Go on, beat it" means to go ahead and beat it. Do it now.

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    Re: "Go on, beat it!"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Why do you think "beat it" means "to leave something"?
    5jj's post made me think that.

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    Re: "Go on, beat it!"

    In 5jj's post, when he said "He left", he meant "He departed" which is the same as "He went away".

    To beat it = To go away = To leave = To depart

    "To leave something" has a completely different meaning. "I left my wallet on the table" = "My wallet is on the table and I forgot to pick it up".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "Go on, beat it!"

    I see. I think you mean "leave someplace." When you said "leave something" I thought you meant you left something behind, like "I left my umbrella in my office."

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    #6

    Re: "Go on, beat it!"

    "To leave somewhere" does mean to go away, with that "somewhere" as your starting point.

    I left Australia when I was 12 years old.
    I left home at 10am this morning to go to work.



    "To leave someone" means to go away and (possibly) abandon them.

    My dad left us when I was 12 years old.
    I left my boyfriend when I found out he was cheating on me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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