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English definition of “beat sb off”

beat sb off

verb uk phrasal verb with beat   /biːt/ (beat, beaten or US also beat) us  
to manage to defeat someone who is attacking you: She beat off her attacker by hitting him with her handbag.figurative The company managed to beat off the competition and secure the contract.
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