beat down

  1. (tr) informal to force or persuade (a seller) to accept a lower price: I beat him down three pounds

  2. (intr) (of the sun) to shine intensely; be very hot

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How to use beat down in a sentence

  • The hot sun beat down upon the streets and houses, but awoke no life.

  • A light rain had fallen the night before, just enough to beat down the dust and freshen the landscape.

  • But Menotah only laughed again, while the roar of the great rapids beat down upon their ears with sound of sombre menace.

    Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
  • A dull roar from the distant rapids beat down ominously along the evening wind.

    Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
  • This man, apparently so cold and formal, seemed to contain within him a burning altar, the flames of which beat down upon us.

    Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac

Other Idioms and Phrases with beat down

beat down

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]

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