Meaning of “it beats me” in the English Dictionary

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"it beats me" in British English

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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)

"(it) beats me" in American English

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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)