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beat down

1. To exhaust or discourage someone. In this usage, a person's name or pronoun is used between "beat" and "down." The long winters here just beat me down. I miss the warmth of the sun! I think working three jobs has finally beaten Alicia down—all she does these days is come home and sleep.
2. To strike someone or something repeatedly. That bully is always beating down on the smaller kids in our class. Just yesterday, he gave Joey a bloody nose. The rain has been beating down on our roof for hours, and I'm starting to worry that we'll have a leak.
3. To strike something so violently as to cause its collapse. In this usage, a noun can be used between "beat" and "down." I'm coming! Geez, you're going to beat the door down!
4. To strike something repeatedly in order to flatten it. That chicken needs to be thinner before we add the bread crumbs, so beat down on it some more.
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beat someone down

Fig. to defeat or demoralize someone. The constant bombing finally beat them down. The attackers beat down the defenders.
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beat something down

1. to break something in; to break through something. Don't beat the door down! I'm coming! Please don't beat down the door!
2. to flatten something. Sam beat the veal down to the thickness of a half an inch. First you beat down the meat to a very thin layer.
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beat down (on someone or something)

to fall on someone or something. The rain beat down on us for an hour. The rock slide beat down on the car and totally ruined the body.
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beat down

1. Force or drive down; defeat or subdue. For example, "And finally to beat down Satan under our feet" ( The Book of Common Prayer, 1552). [c. 1400]
2. Strike violently, as in the The sun kept beating down on us all day long. [Mid-1800s]
3. beat someone down. Make someone lower a price, as in He's always trying to beat us down. Economist Jeremy Bentham used this idiom in 1793: "Thus monopoly will beat down prices." [Slang; late 1700s]
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beat down

1. To hit something until it falls down: The police beat down the door of the suspect's house. They approached the crumbling wall and beat it down with their bare hands.
2. To defeat or demoralize someone: The constant criticism beat me down, and it was hard for me to try again. The invaders beat down every village they passed through.
3. To fall down steadily and heavily: The rain beat down on the roof.
4. To persuade someone to reduce the price of something: The clerk wanted $40 for the shoes but I beat him down to $30.
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Thousands of people from near and far Waiting for the bass man Steve Roberts to play guitar I sat on the grass and laid on my back As the sun beat down I heard the music of Tramp Attack.
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In the heat, it may be tempting to jump in the shower and let ice cold water beat down on you.
It knows how to beat down potential opposition, but it doesn't know how to manage the system it's got.
AS the rain beat down in Gwynedd, the site of the Faenol Festival was turned into a mudbath.
Think of how outraged whites were after Seattle police beat down dozens of middle-class, predominately white protesters at the World Trade Organization conference in early 2000.
It was an unusually warm day; the sun beat down on the black playground asphalt with a mysterious heat that percolated the blood in our bodies and made even the most gentle among us surly and disagreeable.
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Armagh appeared to get things right for the first time since they beat Down in the Ulster Championship and they will relish the opportunity of going to Omagh as underdogs next weekend.
You also get a taste of the game's melee combat, as Tommy has to use his big mechanic's wrench to beat down two patrons who get a little violent.
I really don't want to go there next year and get a beat down from my friends' wives who grew up there.