To beat time

Related to To beat time: Internet time
to measure or regulate time in music by the motion of the hand or foot.

See also: Beat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
`Perhaps not,' Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.'
Hither she had been led by two of her disguised ravishers, and on being thrust into the little cell, she found herself in the presence of an old sibyl, who kept murmuring to herself a Saxon rhyme, as if to beat time to the revolving dance which her spindle was performing upon the floor.
He had performed many eminent services for the crown, had great natural and acquired parts, adorned with integrity and honour; but so ill an ear for music, that his detractors reported, "he had been often known to beat time in the wrong place;" neither could his tutors, without extreme difficulty, teach him to demonstrate the most easy proposition in the mathematics.
Each 30-foot boat contains up to ten people paddling as well as a drummer to beat time and a pilot at the helm to steer a straight course.
"The Economic Development Board and Tamkeen are headed towards a knowledge industry where you're pushed to beat time. Training for productivity is a slow process, organizations have to increase their pace and keep on the rail in order to succeed." Dr.
It is understood the investigation was looking at match details being sent to beat time delays on TV coverage overseas for spread betting purposes.
Majenta (centre, below) should run well, but not well enough to beat Time For Action
But they will also have to beat time and conquer a stubborn English side that stands on the cusp of history.
Suddenly, the driver decided to beat time and boredom and start a dialogue.
The versatile Ubi Ace, who is trained by Tim Walford for Nick Maher, landed the 1m4f handicap, keeping on well to beat Time Square by three-quarters of a length in the hands of Graham Gibbons, and may switch codes late this week to go for a handicap hurdle at Ayr's Scottish National meeting.
Well, really tapping the poker gently on the grate to beat time to the music in his head.
Howard Johnson's nine-year-old travelled strongly and quickened to beat Time For Rupert (11-2) by five lengths.