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beats me

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase beats me

Meaning

You can say this if you don't know or understand something.

For example

  • "Where's Stanley?"
    "Beats me. He never tells me anything."

  • Olivia looked puzzled and said, "What beats me is why people keep voting for this government. I just don't get it."

Note:
Also "It beats me why", as in "It beats me why anyone would want to live there."

Quick Quiz

I pointed at a guy and said, "Who's that?" Lana said, "Beats me." She

a. didn't know him

b. didn't understand me

c. was beaten by the guy

Contributor: Matt Errey