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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 or pronoun 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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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 American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The antelopes, nearly exhausted with fatigue and fright, and bewildered by perpetual whooping, made no effort to break through the ring of the hunters, but ran round in small circles, until man, woman, and child beat them down with bludgeons.
They came to Galazi, they sprang upon him, fawning round him, but he beat them down with the Watcher.
The teamster, scrambling over the load from side to side, beat them down with huge lumps of coal.
Only the stiff and hostile plants of the south, whose fleshy leaves seemed to be grown upon spines, still remained standing upright and defied the sun to beat them down. It was too hot to talk, and it was not easy to find any book that would withstand the power of the sun.
"We're not here to criticize or be antagonistic toward people and to beat them down," he told the newspaper.
I needed the Cubs to beat them down and shut him up.
We beat them down there and are top of the league because we are playing the best football.
"I would say we will both be expected to be in the hunt, and although next season is some way off and there is still plenty to be done before then, it would go a long way if we can beat them down there," said rugby director Phil Maynard.
Two pickets ran to help, but the police beat them down and dragged them away.
But they refuse to let the dregs of society beat them down and continue to perform the job to the best of their ability.
"Emonetry: A Mellow Place" is a pick for any poetry shelf, any Christianity shelf, or just a pick for someone who needs a pick me up when life has beat them down so much.
We beat them down there 2-1 at the end of November and that leaves us 13 points behind them with a game in hand, which is nothing with more than half of the season to go.
'We went close against them away and then we beat them down here and that holds good memories from last season.
"We will go there tomorrow with the ambition of winning the game which is well within our grasp, but games at Harrogate have always been tough and they gave us a close run when we beat them down here in November."
"We play better against the stronger sides, we beat them down here last month, and all the boys are up for it.