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beater

noun
     
beat‧er [countable]
1DHDFU an object that is designed to beat something:
an egg beater
a carpet beater
2

wife/child beater

someone who hits his wife or child, especially someone who does this often
3DSO someone who forces wild birds or animals out of bushes, long grass etc so that they can be shot for sport
4TTC American English informal an old car in bad condition

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