BEAT (with Hunters). A term used of a stag which runs first one way and then another, who is then said to beat up and down: also the noise made by conies in rutting time, which is called beating, or tapping; but the most usual sense of beating is trying for a hare, derived from the custom of beating the bushes with a pole or hunting whip.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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