beat (someone/something) into (something)

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beat (someone/something) into (something)

1. To force someone to do something, as by violence or threats. Don't worry, boss—we'll beat him into silence before he can go to the cops.
2. To put forth effort so that someone learns or remembers something. I stayed up all night, beating these physics equations into my head. Do I have to beat it into you guys? Clean up after yourselves!
3. To deliver a violent physical attack, often to the point of injury. A hyperbolic description of the beaten person's state (often "a pulp") typically follows "into." I can't believe that skinny kid beat the bully into a pulp!
4. To stir a substance until it changes state, as while cooking. You need to beat the eggs into a fluffy texture.
5. To add a substance into a mixture. OK, now beat the butter into the cake batter.
See also: beat