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Is anyone familiar with the vernacular term "beasted", used as a verb?

e.g. I beasted my exam.

My colleague's teenaged son used this exact phrase in a text-message. And she had no idea whether this was a good or bad thing.

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I know Urban Dictionary is not usually a trusted source, but I think it is your friend here.

From number 2, here:

To have excelled at something as if using super-human beast like skills.

I heard this phrase used frequently whilst at university, but not so much since leaving. So I guess it's either a term particular to the student crowd, or to that particular area of the country.

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Also, well done to your colleague's son on his superb exam performance! –  Andy F May 19 '11 at 9:24
    
I'll pass that on. Thanks. –  Urbycoz May 19 '11 at 9:44
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I suspect its got a similar origin to the military term beasting en.wiktionary.org/wiki/beasting –  Robb May 19 '11 at 14:19
    
+1 @Robb - you might be on to something there. –  Andy F May 20 '11 at 12:52
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I think he meant "bested". Mysteriously, it means the same thing as "worsted"; to wit, "defeated".

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Let me just ask my colleague....No, having spoken to her son, it seems he did mean to write "beasted". –  Urbycoz May 19 '11 at 9:20
    
+1 for mentioning the mystery –  Pete Wilson May 19 '11 at 11:29
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It depends when it is used. When used on a performance, it means cool, super, excellent.

I beasted the exam!

When used on a guy, it can mean cool, or tank.

That guy is beast

However, when used on a girl, it means unattractive:

That girl is beast.

http://onlineslangdictionary.com/meaning-of/beasting-them

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Ok thanks, but I now have a new question. "Tank"? –  Urbycoz May 19 '11 at 9:42
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Slang for well-built –  Thursagen May 19 '11 at 9:45
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Tank you very much. –  Urbycoz May 19 '11 at 9:53
    
Hahahahaha!! That is so good! –  Thursagen May 19 '11 at 10:00
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The term 'beasted' is very common in the British Army. Often described as 'being ragged until your eyeballs bleed'.

ARRSE definition - http://www.arrse.co.uk/wiki/Beasting

In the context of having 'beasted an exam' - that would seem to me to be a good thing..

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