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beat about the bush to intentionally avoid the central matter or point.
beat around the bush to intentionally avoid the central matter or point.
beat the rap (slang) to escape punishment.
beat the tar out of (informal) to beat or whip severely. [2 definitions]
beat (someone) to the punch to seize an opportunity before (someone else).
beat-up (informal) in poor or damaged condition because of age or hard use; in disrepair; shabby.
drop a beat to miss a beat in music, or otherwise lose the rhythm or continuity of something; falter. [2 definitions]