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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.
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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.
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