beat down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v beat down dislodge from a position "She beat the dealer down to a much better price"
    • v beat down shine hard "The sun beat down on the hikers"
    • v beat down persuade the seller to accept a lower price "She beat the merchant down $100"
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Quotations

  • Neil Kendall
    Neil Kendall
    “Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission.”
  • 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:

I was so confounded at these words, you might have beat me down with a feather.
"Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" by Samuel Richardson
The sun beat down upon her fiercely.
"The Social Cancer" by José Rizal
He sat down on the anvil with his heart beating, and began to recall the picture.
"Way of the Lawless" by Max Brand
Then Kurt, striking right and left, beat down the other two, and, leaping over them, he bounded away into the darkness.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
His smooth-bore guns, although superior in number, were unable to beat down the fire of the rifled batteries.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
The Bursley Male Glee-Singers, determined to beat records, had got a soprano with a foreign name down from Manchester.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
Do not women, as much as men, beat down to the lowest figure the woman who sews for them?
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
I dived into our wagon and crouched down, waiting with beating heart for Uncle Esmond to come back.
"Vanguards of the Plains" by Margaret McCarter
Out of doors the rain was beating down with still greater force, rattling noisily against the house.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
And ever the rain beat down, rattling, incessant, upon the tin roof above her head.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
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In poetry:

But their hearts are beating.
Waves surge up, die down;
Carry them, and waken,
And in slumber drown.
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
The sun beat down on it, the line
Of shade was clear beneath the trees;
There, by a clustering eglantine,
We sat at ease.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Tom, Tom, the piper's son,
Stole a pig and away he ran.
The pig was eat, and Tom was beat
And Tom went crying down the street.
"Thomas And Vivien" by Oscar Fay Adams
We wake to hear the storm come down,
Sudden on roof and pane;
The thunder’s loud, and the hasty wind
Hurries the beating rain.
"The Storm" by Edward Shanks
"High shall he reign on David's throne,
My people's better King;
My arm shall beat his rivals down,
And still new subjects bring.
"Psalm 89 part 4" by Isaac Watts
And he called a brother Pleaseman,
Vich vas passing on his beat;
Like a true and galliant feller,
Hup and down in Guilford Street.
"The Ballad Of Eliza Davis" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Though the Salinas sun beats down mercilessly, many female fieldworkers wear sweatshirts.
Democrat Jay Inslee has won the Washington governor's race, riding the coattails of President Barack Obama to beat Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna in a race that went down to the wire.
Breakdancer Grub D is getting down to the beat.
The sun beats down as you feel the sweat roll into the corner of your eye.
On their boisterous ninth CD, the trio sounds as fresh as they did 25 years ago, throwing down hard-hitting verses over body-moving beats.
The crash-test dummy was San Diego Christian, which on Friday took a 33-point beat down by USD.
University of Iowa fans climb aboard a Metrodome goal post before bringing it down Saturday after the Hawkeyes football team beat the University of Minnesota 45-21.
Kolb was beat out for the starting job in the preseason by John Skelton, a third-year pro from Fordham who went down late in the opener against Seattle with an ankle injury .
Rayshawn Goins scored 21 points and Charles Cooke knocked down two free throws with 8 seconds showing to help James Madison rally and beat Youngstown State 69-68 Tuesday.
He's accused of beating her and causing a second victim to fall down a flight of stairs.
The three-year-old colt by Chicks a Blazin beat his elders with a sustained burst of speed down the lane.
A California man got an early morning beat down after being pummeled by a karate student who found him drunk in her bathroom.
FRESNO, Calif — A California man got an early morning beat down after being pummeled by a karate student who found him drunk in her bathroom.
FRESNO, Calif – A California man got an early morning beat down after being pummeled by a karate student who found him drunk in her bathroom.
The chopper's blades beat overhead as its skids touched down on the tarmac.
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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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