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The American Malefactor’s Dictionary: beat and its variants

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– 1. to get the best of him; 2. to rob or swindle; 3. the part of a town in which a criminal or gang works; 4. to escape from prison; 5. to cheat or defraud (as in beat the hotel out of its bill).

beat out of

– to extort money from (a person), especially through blackmail.


– a swindle.


Note: See “Cant: The Language of the Underworld” to learn more about the background of the American Malefactor’s Dictionary.

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