To beat up and down

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To beat up and down (Hunting) to run first one way and then another; -- said of a stag.
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Usage

In literature:

My heart came beating up to my throat and then, just as I thought I should choke, it slid down to my boots, sickening me.
"In the Bishop's Carriage" by Miriam Michelson
These thoughts drove him to tramp a beat up and down the pavement before the Hilberys' gate.
"Night and Day" by Virginia Woolf
Perhaps his patient would try to beat him down, and Doctor Benjamin made up his mind to have the whole or nothing.
"The Poet at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Up and down the cave and out and in he stamped, beating his hands to bring back the blood and fighting hard to get back his nerve.
"Corporal Cameron" by Ralph Connor
Her heart, which, at the sight of him, had set up a glad and violent beating, settled down again at once, to its normal course.
"Maurice Guest" by Henry Handel Richardson
I can beat up these two prospectors and ship 'em in to the hospital until things cool down.
"The Iron Trail" by Rex Beach
She gave me very good words, and begged me to go: And I got up; but my knees beat so against one another, I was forced to sit down again.
"Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" by Samuel Richardson
Why, I hardly have time to look in the paper, and see who's gone up, and who's gone down, and who's been beat.
"Romance of California Life" by John Habberton
Sheets were trimmed flat aft, and all settled down to beating up the coast.
"Bowdoin Boys in Labrador" by Jonathan Prince Cilley, Jr.
The sun was beating down warm and strong, as if anxious to make up for his past neglect.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
Then all seemed to be rising up and plunging down with the shrieking of wind, the beating of the waves, and darkness, and sickness, and misery.
"Mother Carey's Chicken" by George Manville Fenn
The men even took up their oars to beat each other down, and the adventure lacked little of turning into a naval combat.
"The Fête At Coqueville 1907" by Emile Zola
Their bare feet sticking out from the skirts bob up and down, beating time to the clatter of their voices.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Nobody paused to beat down the camp fire or gather up the rugs and cushions.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
Sow it up in the belly of the pig, lay it down to roast, and baste it with yolks of eggs beat thin.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The sun beats down on the street or courtyard to within a foot or two of the stone ledge you are sitting upon, and strikes up.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
The next mornin' I beat it up to Cleopatra's hotel, and, after I have waited an hour, she sends a maid down to see me.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
Now, some ten miles from the unseen land we fly up and down on a two-mile beat or so, waiting for the laggard minutes to pass.
"'Green Balls'" by Paul Bewsher
The sun beat down fiercely as Marcantonio and Madame de Charleroi drove up to the house at half-past ten o'clock.
"To Leeward" by F. Marion Crawford
It appeared to dread that the oaks would creep up on it and overwhelm it in their portentous shadows, beat it down with their giant arms.
"The Weird Sisters, Volume I (of 3)" by Richard Dowling
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In poetry:

There was Morphine Sue and the Poppy Face Kid,
Climbed up snow ladders and down they skid;
There was the Stepladder Kit, a good six feet,
And the Sleigh-riding Sister who were hard to beat.
"Cocaine Lil and Morphine Sue" by W H Auden
Books, friendships, philosophers, priests, action, pleasure, pride,
beat up and down, seeking to give satisfaction;
He indicates the satisfaction, and indicates them that beat up and
down also.
"Now List To My Morning's Romanza" by Walt Whitman
Beat the knife on the plate and the fork on the can,
For we’re going in to dinner, so make all the noise you can,
Up and down the officer wanders, looking blue,
Sing a song to cheer him up, he wants his dinner too.
"Going in to Dinner" by Edward Shanks

In news:

For example, you always pick someone up if he falls down, and you have to beat up anyone who gropes the rare but totally awesome female who ventures in.
The Texas Attorney General's Office and the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office have teamed up to crack down on dead-beat parents.
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In science:

In zero field, up and down spins relax equally; upon application of a field, the lifting of the Zeeman degeneracy gives rise to a varying polarization that reflects quantum beating between the Zeeman-split spin levels. A detailed theory of these effects remain to be developed.
Some Recent Issues in Quantum Magnetism
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