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beat back

To force a person or thing to retreat. How are we going to beat back the approaching troops? Beating back feelings of fear has allowed me to follow my dreams.
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beat someone or something back

to drive someone or something back to where it came from. We beat them back to where they were before the war started. The army beat back the defenders and saved the town. They were able to beat the wolves back and make an escape.
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beat back

Force to retreat or withdraw, as in His findings beat back all their arguments to the contrary. This phrase was often used in a military context (and still is), as in Their armies were beaten back. [Late 1500s]
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The 30-year-old entrepreneur maintains his company can beat back the portals in auctions because auctions are his only focus.
The USW beat back the potentially devastating effects of the cap on retirees by negotiating millions of dollars into a fund to cover retiree health care costs, and halted the company's drive for a two-tier system for new hires, who will remain on the same health care plan and participate in Alcoa's defined-benefit pension plan and not just a 401(k) plan.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian army troops and their Palestinian allies continued to beat back Nouralddeen al-Zinki terrorists from more positions in the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city after hours of non-stop battle.
50), who will be hard to beat back in novice company after his third in the Imperial Cup at Sandown.
and 10 other Republicans helped beat back the amendment, underscoring a similar GOP rift in the ongoing illegal-immigration debate.
He beat Back In Front and Harchibald without coming off the bridle last season.
Police beat back rioters as star player Shaquille O'Neal made a dash for freedom in his car.
Proof that we can pass a gay rights bill only by disavowing any interest in affirmative action came in 1998 when we beat back a Republican attack on Clinton's order banning discrimination in federal employment only after much work to make it clear that affirmative action was not involved.
The most important island is Chiloe, a cultural obfuscation cut off from the mainland when the local inhabitants, the Mapuches, beat back the Spanish conquerors in the late 16th century.
Tax Bill--Industry successfully beat back an attempt by the Clinton administration to include a broad-based energy consumption tax in the budget deficit package.
You can learn about this man and the group of reformers who rescued the company in Kearn's relentlessly self-congratulatory Prophets in the Dark: How Xerox Reinvented Itself and Beat Back the Japanese, which is co-authored by fellow prophet David Nadler.
By taking better aim with both chemical and radiation treatments, cancer researchers have discovered they can pack more power into their antitumor punches -- enough, they hope, to beat back hard-to-treat liver and pancreas cancers.
Stenson wielded a Big Bertha(R) Fusion(R) FT-3(TM) Driver from Callaway Golf (NYSE:ELY) to help him subdue the winds and beat back an assault led by an assortment of similarly-armed Callaway Golf Staff Pros, including Nick Dougherty, Niclas Fasth and Ricardo Gonzalez, all of whom tied for fourth, and Thomas Bjorn, who tied for ninth.
The Syrian soldiers beat back terrorists in the Northeastern and Northwestern sides of the aviation technical collage and in a 10-hour-long battle took back a building from the snipers of al-Turkistan and al-Baluchistani groups," they added.
Kudisch, who moved gracefully when in seduction mode, starts a frenzied final dance to beat back the darkness.