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it beats me

(also what beats me) slang
said when you do not ​understand a ​situation or someone's ​behaviour: It ​beats me how she got the ​job. What ​beats me is why she ​stays with him.
(Definition of it beats me from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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(it) beats me

slang I do not ​know, or I do not ​understand: "Any ​idea who ​won the ​pennant last ​year?" "Beats me." Note: Used to answer someone's question.
(Definition of (it) beats me from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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