beat (v.) Old form(s): beates
hammer away, ponder furiously
Ham III.i.175[Claudius to Polonius, of Hamlet] his brains still beating
KL III.iv.14[Lear to disguised Kent] this tempest in my mind / Doth from my senses take all feeling else / Save what beats there
Tem I.ii.176[Miranda to Prospero] For still 'tis beating in my mind, your reason / For raising this sea-storm?
Tem V.i.246[Prospero to Alonso] Do not infest your mind with beating on / The strangeness of this business
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