To beat down

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To beat down to haggle with (any one) to secure a lower price; to force down.
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Quotations

  • Booker T. Washington
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    “We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.”

Usage

In literature:

After a vain attempt to beat him down to two shillings, she accepted it.
"The Terrible Twins" by Edgar Jepson
Immediately they beat down the doors, and fell to eating of it dry, as much as they could devour.
"The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century" by Clarence Henry Haring
I suppose he won't strike me with lightning or send me down through the earth if I happen to beat him.
"The Mummy and Miss Nitocris" by George Griffith
I began the conquest of new worlds and to beat down the Mendon ramparts.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
At last there came a morning when Theo awoke to hear a storm beating noisily down upon the roof.
"The Story of Porcelain" by Sara Ware Bassett
She has told me that they used to beat her till the blood ran down on the bricks.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Failing in the attempt to substitute Brahminism for Christianity, Infidels beat a retreat from India, and went down into Egypt for help.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
It seemed to beat down into the garden in waves of heat.
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer
That seemed odd to her, but the wind was in her face, and perhaps it beat the smoke down.
"The Literary World Seventh Reader" by Various
He must 'a' been scared, to beat it back down the road afoot.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
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In poetry:

And for an hour I'd sat to watch
Clouds moving on majestic feet,
Had heard down avenues of night
Their hearts of thunder beat;
"Clouds" by Madison Julius Cawein
I saw the pomp of day depart--
The cloud resign its golden crown,
When to the ocean's beating heart
The sailor's wasted corse went down.
"The Sea Diver" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And is the palm tree ever standing,
Amid the fierce glare beating down,
The pilgrim in the desert luring
To shelter 'neath her shadow crown?
"The Palm Branch Of Palestine" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
IS it so small a thing
To have enjoy'd the sun,
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved, to have thought, to have done;
To have advanced true friends, and beat down baffling foes;
"From the Hymn of Empedocles" by Matthew Arnold
The pulse that shakes the world with rhythmic beat
Is but the passing of your little feet;
And all the singing vast of all the seas,
Down from the pole
To the Hesperides,
Is but the praying echo of your soul.
"Anima Mundi" by Richard Le Gallienne
My heart beats hard, my lips are dry;
I feel I cannot bear to look.
I dread to hear the croupier's cry,
I'll sit down in this quiet nook.
The lights go dim, my senses reel . . .
See! Jesus Christ is at the wheel.
"Roulette" by Robert W Service

In news:

Wolverines beat Huskies after being down to their last out .
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.
If I see someone wearing this shirt I might have to beat him down on sight.
The Bishop allegedly beat her in a hotel parking lot…Well we just found out that he's about to walk down the aisle AGAIN.
A Molalla man was arrested Saturday after allegedly beating a homeowner who told him to slow down his speeding Ford Explorer.
Despite his team getting a brutal beat-down on Sunday, Buffalo Bills player David Nelson was a winner in love after he ran across the field to give his girlfriend the football after he scored a touchdown.
Arroyo retired his first 14 batters and delivered a gem a day after 19-game winner Johnny Cueto went down with a back injury, and Cincinnati beat the San Francisco Giants 9-0 on Sunday night to head home with a 2-0 NL division series lead.
Two of Europe's biggest clubs staged dramatic comebacks on Tuesday as Arsenal rallied from 4-0 down to beat Reading 7-5 in the English League Cup while struggling Italian heavyweights AC Milan drew 2-2 at Palermo in Serie A.
They wanted to put a beat-down on the Buffaloes, and that's exactly what they delivered.
Gabriel Aubry Asked Cops To Secure Surveillance Tape Before It Was Destroyed Following Brutal Beat Down, Court Docs State.
Teenage striker Florian Thauvin scored twice as Bastia beat Bordeaux 3-1 in the French league on Sunday, while Jeremie Aliadiere also collected two goals as Lorient fought back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 at home to Ajaccio.
BG men come back from down 13 to beat UT.
San Francisco became the first team to beat the Detroit Lions since December of 2010 as the 49ers downed the Lions in Detroit, 25-19.
"You know ultimately at the end of the day, coming down the stretch you're going to have to beat those teams in your division ," says NFL Network analyst and former NFL MVP quarterback KURT WARNER.
Liverpool beat Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0 thanks to Stewart Downing's goal.
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In science:

However, summing the signal over a large range of multipoles can beat down the noise, bringing to a significant detection of non-Ga ussianity at the level of | fNL | ≃ few tens, when all other cosmological parameters are held fix ed.
Cosmic shear statistics in cosmologies with non-Gaussian initial conditions
Summing the signal over a large number of multipoles can help to beat down the noise, providing a 1−sigma detection for a level of non-Gaussianity | fNL | ≃ 17, if local shape for the primordial bispectrum is assumed and all other cosmological parameters are held fixed.
Cosmic shear statistics in cosmologies with non-Gaussian initial conditions
Kavira j et al. 2007; Trager et al. 2008)? Finally, a new cluster SN search at z ∼ 0.5 of sufficient size to beat down the current SN rate uncertainties would allow for finer discernment of the late time DTD shape.
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution
One then relies on repetition to beat down atmospheric variability. A more precise technique, relying on spectroscopy and atmospheric extinction models is implemented in [240].
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
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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