beat

Greek
#1
Hi everybody! Could you help me on that phrase: "It was like a massive three-dimensional puzzle, but it beat sitting in the office watching the news with Oscar.".What's the meaning of the word beat here?Is it an adective in this case? Thank you
 

cyberpedant

Senior Member
English USA, Northeast, NYC
#2
"Beat" is the main verb of the clause. It means "was more enjoyable than." "But it was more enjoyable than sitting in the office...."
 

LVRBC

Senior Member
English-US, standard and medical
#3
In this sentence it does mean to be more enjoyable than; in general it means "to be better than."
 
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