English version

beat a (hasty) retreat

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbeat a (hasty) retreatbeat a (hasty) retreatto leave somewhere or stop doing something very quickly, in order to avoid a bad situation He beat a hasty retreat when he spotted me. beat
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beat a (hasty) retreatAny females which are not ripe will either stay away or beat a hasty retreat.Objects and fantasy are then used not as a means of venturing out, but to beat a retreat.They were forced to beat a hasty retreat and arrived at their rendezvous with Morris's patrol on time.With decks awash with diesel we beat a hasty retreat back to Lerwick.Then, thanking him, I beat a hasty retreat to the sacristy door and knocked.He beat a hasty retreat when he spotted me approaching, but it was not hasty enough.Appointees interviewed repeated a familiar theme: They all loved their jobs but are beating a retreat without regret.
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