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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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The most recent clash between the counties was on April 16th last when Antrim beat Down on a 1-17 to 0-15 scoreline in a Division 1 National League relegation play-off.
There I sat, legs folded in a lotus position, arms pushing with all their force against a tortured sacrum through each contraction, listening to the rain beat down harder and harder outside.
But District Judge Roy Anderson said: "Courts ought not to allow anti-social behaviour orders to be used as a club to beat down the expression of legitimate comment.
You'd expect to see lots of skin in the kind of face-melting heat that beat down on the green carpet at the Latin Grammy Awards on Wednesday afternoon at the Shrine Auditorium.
Tom Lucas, 43, said his home and three others near the Ventura County town of Somis were saved on Sunday by a half-dozen local contractors who used their own water trucks, bulldozers and other construction equipment to beat down advancing flames.
Searing temperatures beat down on workers manning picket lines in the Valley, forcing many to seek shade wherever they could find it.
What seemed clear is that the kids were having a good time Saturday as the sun beat down, the music and the announcers roared and the crowds grew.
I saw inmates set on fire, beat down and brutally stabbed.
If anything, getting beat down like this for a stretch here will only make us a little hungrier when we get healthy and get back to full strength.