apt to beat over matters

sb70012

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Azerbaijani
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If his wit be not apt to distinguish or find differences, let him study the schoolmen; for they are Cymini Sectores’ If he be not apt to beat over matters, and to call up one thing to prove and illustrate another, let him study the lawyers’ cases.

Source: English Literary Prose, Francis Bacon’s “Of Studies” (1567-1626)
Hi,

What does the red sentence mean?


Many thanks in advance.
 
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